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Friday, January 13, 2017

Metro Transit sees dip in ridership

Fewer people used Metro Transit buses and trains in 2016 than they did in 2015.

Janet Moore of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Metro Transit said Friday that it provided 82.6 million rides to passengers on trains and buses in 2016, a slight decline in numbers for the previous year.

The transit agency said the 4 percent dip was due to low gas prices and the “prolonged closure” of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, a typically busy transit thoroughfare that has been closed for a $50 million renovation.

About 266,916 rides, on average, were provided each weekday in 2016.

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