Big events lead Metro Transit to record ridership

Posted In: Transportation
Date: 9/9/2016

Crowds at football games and MN State Fair.Metro Transit saw its highest single-day ridership in recent memory when fairgoers mixed with commuters and sports fans across the region.

Nearly 370,000 rides were taken systemwide on Thursday, Sept. 1, as the Twins, Vikings, Gophers and Saints each hosted home games and service was provided to the Minnesota State Fair.

“Throughout the 2016 State Fair, Minnesotans made record use of the Park & Ride stations across the Twin Cities,” Lt. Governor Tina Smithsaid. “This strong ridership is another indicator that when Minnesotans have access to a robust transit system, they use it.”

With more than 117,000 rides on the Blue and Green lines, a single-day light rail ridership record was also set on Sept. 1. The Blue Line had its busiest day ever, with nearly 59,000 rides.

The previous single-day light rail ridership record was set on Sept. 3, 2015, when there were nearly 101,000 rides.

See Metro Transit's full news release. 


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