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TriMet's light-rail ridership slips slightly in November

Rising unemployment levels and falling fuel prices might be starting to affect some transit agencies' ridership figures.

In November, the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon's (TriMet) daily rush-hour light-rail ridership remained flat at 31,900 riders, but overall, light-rail ridership fell 1.7 percent compared with November 2007's totals.

However, TriMet's rising bus ridership helped offset the light-rail decline. The agency posted an overall ridership gain of 3.6 percent, recording 1.9 million bus and light-rail trips in November.  

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