Bus and train ridership in the metro area was up 2 percent in the first quarter of this year over the same period last year.
Could that be related to higher gas prices? You bet.
“Rising gas prices have certainly played a role in encouraging new customers to give transit a try,” said Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb.
He goes further, with some spin: “They continue riding with us because we consistently deliver on service, schedule and safety. Those attributes contributed to the Twin Cities being ranked among the top five transit systems nationally.”
The breakdown by system:
- Northstar Commuter Rail — 6 percent increase over the first quarter of 2010
- Express service — up nearly 3.5 percent
- Urban local service — up 2.3 percent
- Suburban local service up — 1.5 percent
- Hiawatha light-rail line — down 1.8 percent.