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Orange Line Breaks Record Ridership

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What was originally expected for ridership on the Valley's "shortcut" busway when it started is now a weekend number as weekday average ridership last month soared to 26,596 daily bus trips, a 63% increase since the first days of the line. Now officials are looking to add more buses and are considering adding express lines. There's one problem, though: the high ridership has made it uncomfortable for at least one longtime rider. "I now take the 750 Metro Rapid along Ventura Blvd. to Woodland Hills instead of the Orange Line," he explained. "It's only 5-minutes slower and I don't have to stand for the hour."