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Metro Ridership Spike Dwindling, But Still Very High

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As the gas prices fell last month, so did ridership on public transit. Metro documents show that people are riding less on a daily basis, but numbers are still a lot higher than usual when compared to 12 months ago or even earlier this year.

The Red Line, which averaged almost 150,000 weekday boardings, suffered a near 10,000 boardings less than last in July with the Blue and Gold Lines at around 3,000 less each. The Green reported a 2,000 drop with the Orange at 1,000. Bus ridership went down about 86,000 weekday boardings.

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They look to be big numbers, but they are not indicative of any trend so far. August and July are traditionally slower months with school out of session yet July broke records on all rail lines and the bus system because of the high gas prices. If the numbers plateau at last month's ridership levels, that's still a good thing. Specific data can be found below:

Red Line Weekday Average Boardings
August 07: 132,237
July 08: 159,439
August 08: 149,992

Blue Line Weekday Average Boardings
August 07: 74,398
July 08: 86,596
August 08: 83,674

Gold Line Weekday Average Boardings
August 07: 19,213
July 08: 27,019
August 08: 24,310

Orange Line Weekday Average Boardings
August 07: 23,814
July 08: 26,907
August 08: 25,078

Green Line Weekday Average Boardings
August 07: 38,259
July 08: 46,527
August 08: 44,472

Bus System Weekday Average Boarding
August 07: 1,174,774
July 08: 1,273,041
August 08: 1,186,691