MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - Metro Transit remains a popular transportation option for customers across the Twin Cities, with 2012 numbers reflecting that trend.
Customers climbed aboard Metro Transit buses and trains more than 81 million times in 2012 - an increase of 165,044 rides (0.2%) over 2011. Ridership on the Hiawatha light-rail line hit an all-time high with 10.5 million riders.
"For only the second time in a generation, Metro Transit ridership has exceeded 81 million," said General Manager Brian Lamb. "This represents the third straight year of ridership growth."
2012 also marks the sixth consecutive year in which ridership has topped 76 million - a mark not previously achieved since 1983. Customers boarded Metro Transit buses and trains 81,053,506 times in 2012, which helped to push the agency's 40-year lifetime ridership past the 3 billion mark in November.
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