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SMART logs rail ridership increase

The Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit District recorded a 40 percent ridership increase in February compared with the same month in 2019.
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The Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit District (SMART) in California recorded ridership growth in the first two months of 2020 compared with the same period last year.

SMART logged 71,974 riders in January, a 26 percent increase from January 2019's ridership, and 71,676 riders in February, up 40 percent, according to ridership data SMART released yesterday.

Weekend and holiday ridership also rose 70 percent in February compared with the same month last year, highlighting that the passenger-rail service is becoming a favored transportation alternative for weekend and leisure trips, SMART officials said in a press release.

Preliminary 2020 data shows SMART is now carrying over 3,000 passengers a day and ridership is trending upward, they said.

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