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Santa Clara VTA sets ridership record in October


Last month, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) carried more than 1 million passengers on its light-rail system — a 16.1 percent increase vs. October 2007's total and a new monthly record.

Average weekday light-rail ridership jumped 17.9 percent year over year to 38,049.

System-wide, VTA carried 4.4 million passengers, a 12 percent increase. The agency attributes the gains to additional light-rail service provided for San Jose Sharks hockey games, as well as October bus service changes.