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7/30/2004



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Oregon's Tri-Met posts 16th consecutive year of record ridership



During fiscal-year 2004, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) posted record ridership of 91 million trips — a 2.5 percent increase compared with 2003.

During the past year, Tri-Met increased service on the Red Line by opening an extension to Beaverton and opened the Interstate MAX Yellow Line serving North Portland.

In the fiscal year ending June 30, Blue, Red and Yellow line MAX ridership increased 5.5 percent to 27.5 million; Westside MAX ridership rose 10.6 percent to 31,400 weekday passengers; and Eastside MAX ridership increased 1.7 percent to 48,800 weekday passengers compared with FY2003.

The agency has recorded 16-straight years of annual ridership growth.

In June, weekday light-rail and bus ridership averaged 304,000 trips, rising 9 percent compared with June 2004 and marking the third-straight month ridership surpassed 300,000.



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