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Los Angeles MTA's subway, light-rail ridership spike in May

Last month, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (LACMTA) Metro Rail ridership increased 6 percent compared with May 2007 — one of the highest year-over-year spikes on record, according to the agency.

More than 7.6 million passengers boarded LACMTA’s two subway and three light-rail lines last month vs. 7.2 million in May 2007.

The authority expects ridership to rise even more when the six-mile Metro Gold Line Eastside extension to East Los Angeles opens next year and the Exposition light-rail line from downtown L.A. to Culver City opens in 2010.

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