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Metro's Ridership Numbers Break Records Again

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'Metro bus variety pack, Koreatown/Wilshire' | Photo by LA Wad via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr

Metro released July's ridership numbers this morning. It's up even while gas prices in July plateaued and then began to drop towards the current $4.090/gallon average. Here's how it breaks down via their statement:

  • The Metro Red and Purple subway lines and the Metro Gold, Blue, Green and Orange Lines all set weekday ridership records in July 2008 over July 2007.
  • 319,582 passengers boarded Metro Rail trains on an average weekday, up 20 percent over a year earlier.
  • Nearly half those riders (159,439) rode the Red and Purple Lines, which was up 20 percent over July 2007 when trains carried 132,049 boarding passengers.
  • Metro Gold Line between Pasadena and downtown set a record with 27,019 average weekday riders compared to the 19,400 last year July.
  • The Metro Green Line connecting Norwalk and El Segundo also set a record with 46,527 boardings, up 19 percent over July 2007.
  • Metro Blue Line, which travels from downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach, rose 15 percent over last year with 86,596 average weekday boardings.
  • The Metro Orange Line, the 14-mile busway from North Hollywood to Woodland Hills in the Valley, increased weekday ridership by nearly 8 percent over last year to 26,907 boardings.
  • Metro bus ridership rose, from 1,152,653 in July 2007 to 1,227,752 -- a growth of 6.5 percent. But LA Times Road Sage Steve Hymon notes that the bus ridership numbers continue to not break records.