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TriMet's light-, commuter-rail ridership rose in December


The Tri-County Metropolitan Transit District of Oregon (TriMet) recorded 7.8 million total passenger trips on its MAX light-rail service, WES commuter-rail service and bus system in December, up 2.6 percent compared with December 2009.

However, while MAX and WES passenger trips increased, the number of bus trips declined. On MAX, weekly trips in December reached 711,400, up 6.1 percent compared with a year ago; weekday trips totaled 113,960, up 5.7 percent, and weekend trips totaled 141,600, up 7.5 percent.

On WES, weekly trips totaled 5,900, an increase of 9.8 percent; weekday rush-hour trips totaling 1,180 rose 9.8 percent.

Meanwhile, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane has called for the development of an online "dashboard" to make key track indicators available to the public. Available on the TriMet website, the dashboard offers a snapshot of ridership, cost per ride, on-time performance and revenue. The information also will help the agency to identify trends and measure efficiency and effectiveness.

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