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TriMet serves more riders in December; New York/New Jersey port authority sets annual AirTrain ridership record


The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) closed out 2008 with yet another strong ridership month. In December, the agency recorded 8.1 million trips on its light-rail and bus systems.

Weekly ridership on TriMet's MAX light-rail system averaged 661,500 trips, up 6.4 percent compared with December 2007’s totals, while weekday ridership averaged 106,400 trips, up 4.8 percent. Peak-period boardings rose 11.8 percent to 32,300.

Meanwhile, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last year registered 6.7 million riders on the AirTrain systems, a nearly 8 percent increase compared with 2007’s total and new annual record.

AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark operate between John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports. AirTrain JFK handled more than 4.75 million riders in 2008, up about 8 percent, and AirTrain Newark carried more than 1.93 million passengers, also up about 8 percent compared with 2007 totals.

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