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3/10/2020



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Metro Transit logged light-rail ridership increase in 2019


Metro Transit’s Green Line logged a record annual ridership of 14.2 million rides in 2019.
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Metro Transit’s light-rail service in Minneapolis logged 25,299,442 riders in 2019, an increase of 343,825 riders compared with 2018.

The Green Line logged a record annual ridership of 14.2 million rides in 2019, a 3 percent increase from 2018. Ridership on the Green Line has climbed every year since service began in 2014, Metropolitan Council officials said in a press release. The Met Council is the regional planning agency for Metro Transit.

Last year, the Green Line averaged 44,004 weekday riders, while the Blue Line averaged 32,973 weekday riders.

However, the agency’s combined total ridership — including rail, bus, vanpool and shared-ride services — fell by 3 percent to 82,486,307 in 2019 compared with 2018, according to ridership data released yesterday.

Light rail and the Metro Mobility shared-ride service for riders with disabilities and health conditions were the only transit modes that posted ridership increases. 

Ridership on the Northstar commuter-rail ridership decreased 2 percent, from 787,327 riders in 2018 to 767,768 riders in 2019.



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