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TriMet posted ridership increase for 12th straight month

Last month, the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon’s (TriMet) ridership increased for the 12th consecutive month.

In March, TriMet recorded more than 8.6 million trips on MAX light-rail and WES commuter-rail services, and buses. Weekday and weekly trips, and total monthly ridership have increased for each of the past 12 months, TriMet officials said in a prepared statement.

Weekend trips rose 5.5 percent compared with March 2011, the biggest percentage increase in two years, they said. MAX Green Line weekend trips climbed 10.8 percent to 26,700 trips.

On the MAX light-rail system, weekly trips rose 2.5 percent to 789,400; weekend trips climbed 4.8 percent to 162,400; and rush-hour trips increased 3.3 percent to 37,600.

On the MAX Green Line, weekday trips were up 5.5 percent to 22,900 and weekend trips were up 10.8 percent to 26,700.

Meanwhile, on the WES commuter-rail system, weekday/rush-hour trips rose 3.3 percent to 1,570 and weekly trips increased 3.3 percent to 7,850.

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