March 16, 2012
Gayle Anderson/Marc LittmanMetro Media Relations213.firstname.lastname@example.orgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Metro ridership numbers show sharp increase since beginning of year
As gas prices continue to climb and a recovering economy takes hold, recent Metro system ridership numbersshow a sharp increase in weekday boardings during January and February of 2012.Metro bus and rail ridership jumped the charts during the first two months of this year, with the Orange Linecommuter route up a significant 18%. Ridership on Metro Rail also showed solid increases during January andFebruary, most notably on the Blue Line and Green Line. The popular Metro Gold Line scored the biggest spikein ridership, reporting a 21.6% increase in boardings compared to last year.During the last 12 months, ridership on Metro’s bus system held steady with a 1% increase, totaling more than1.15 million boarding passengers on an average weekday in February.Comparing February 2012 with February 2011, the Orange Line in the San Fernando Valley gained 12% with27,104 boardings and the Silver Line that runs from El Monte via the I-10 to Long Beach via the I-110 grew by34% with 11,089 boardings.Metro Rail ridership surged 5.9% to 316,436 average weekday boardings during the same reporting period,gaining 17,504 when compared to February 2011. This is a significant increase from the slow but steady 1.9%rise reported between 2011 and 2010.Overall, Metro Rail ridership showed strong gains during the month of February totaling 316,436 averageweekday boardings on the entire 79.1-mile system. The Metro Blue Line carried an average of 83,397customers, the Metro Green Line recorded 43,712, the Metro Gold Line logged 41,147 and the Metro Red Lineaveraged 148,180 weekday boardings in February.
More opportunities to take public transit are coming soon when Metro opens the 8.6-mile Expo Line toCulver City this spring and the 4-mile extension of the Orange Line to Chatsworth this summer.Technology plays an important role in the growing ridership numbers. According to the 2011 On-boardCustomer Satisfaction Survey released by Metro’s Research and Program Development Dept., nearly 50%of public transit users have smart phones they can use to find out when the next bus or train will arrive.Transit apps such as “next bus” and service alerts on Twitter and SMS text messages are communicatingservice schedules and changes to a greater degree, eliminating a certain amount of wait time.Additionally, advancing passenger counting technology and electronic fare gates are increasing accuracy inridership reporting.
Offering a variety of ways to ‘share the ride,’ Metro also coordinates an extensive carpool and vanpool program.
Commuters can call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876)
or go to “Commute Services” at metro.net for details.
Editor’s note: Ridership report bus and rail totals attached