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TriMet posted mixed ridership results in latest quarter

Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon’s (TriMet) ridership slipped 3.2 percent to 24.3 million rides during the period of September though November 2013, the agency reported on its website.

Although the agency’s total ridership dipped compared with the same 2012 period, WES commuter-rail ridership set a new record, with weekly ridership jumping 17 percent. WES averaged 2,090 rides per weekday for a total 131,620 rides, TriMet officials said in a press release.

However, MAX light-rail ridership declined 2.6 percent to 118,000 rides per weekday during the quarter.

Meanwhile, December 2013 data showed ridership is looking up, with MAX posting a weekly gain of 3.1 percent compared with December 2012, TriMet officials said. System-wide ridership for the month increased 1.2 percent year over year.

The agency also reported that more than half a million TriMet riders have used TriMet's new mobile ticketing app to buy their tickets. The app was launched about five months ago.

“Frankly, the use and enthusiasm over the mobile ticket app has been surprising,” said General Manager Neil McFarlane.

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