Metro Transit is one of the country's largest transit systems, and an established leader in the transit industry, winning multiple awards for top performance. Metro Transit operates the METRO Blue and Green light rail lines, Northstar commuter rail line and 131 bus routes, including a growing number of rapid bus lines. All Metro Transit buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts or ramps and racks for bicycles. All trains feature storage areas for bicycles and luggage.
A record number of light rail and commuter rail rides were taken in 2017 as Metro Transit’s annual ridership topped 81.9 million.
Metro Transit has provided more than 80 million rides in each of the past seven years, sustaining the highest ridership the agency has seen in three decades. Average weekday ridership in 2017 was 264,347.
“Last year’s strong ridership underscores just how many people across the region are relying on us to get them safely to and from work, school and many other destinations,” Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb said. “On behalf of everyone at Metro Transit, I’d like to thank all those who are placing their confidence in us and making transit a part of their lives.”
The 2017 ridership total includes a record 13.1 million rides on the METRO Green Line, which has seen ridership grow every year since its 2014 opening and had its highest single-day ridership ever on Aug. 31, 2017. Nearly 10.7 million rides were taken on the Blue Line, breaking the previous record set in 2015.
The award came after the successful opening of the METRO Green Line, a decade of ridership growth, and improvements in system safety, reliability, community relations, workforce development, sustainability and financial management, among other areas.
Metro Transit is an operating division of the Metropolitan Council.