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11/6/2006



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Houston METRO posts ridership record in FY2006


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In fiscal-year 2006, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) carried a record 98.5 million passengers — half a million more riders than in 1999, when the previous record was set.

During the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 31, the agency carried 5.5 million more passengers on its light-rail and bus systems than originally projected and 7.2 million more riders than the same 2005 period.

METRO currently is working to expand its 7.5-mile light-rail system, which opened in January 2004.


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