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San Diego trolley posts ridership gains
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) trolley posted eight straight months of year-over-year gains between April and November 2019, including a 9 percent increase in ridership in September 2019.
The trolley logged 753,435 passenger trips in the first two months of the agency’s fiscal-year 2020, which began July 1, 2019, SDMTS officials said in a press release.
Trolley ridership has improved in 13 of the past 16 months compared to the same months in previous years.
Ridership gains were attributed to the addition of more frequent trolley trips, as well as fare discounts and free fare days, officials said.
SDMTS operates three trolley lines on 53 miles of double-tracked railway and 95 bus routes.
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