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METRO Green Line

Green Line sets monthly ridership record 

| Wednesday, October 14, 2015 10:11:00 AM

Nearly 1.25 million rides were taken on the METRO Green Line in September, a new high-water mark for the light-rail line.

Average weekday ridership on the Green Line last month was 45,644 -- well ahead of the 41,000 average weekday rides that were forecast for 2030. Prior to September, the Green Line’s highest monthly ridership came in October 2014, when there were 38,597 average weekday rides.

Total Green Line ridership through the end of September was 8.94 million. Ridership on all modes was 64.5 million, a 3 percent increase compared to the first nine months of last year.

September’s strong light-rail ridership can party be attributed to special events. More than 193,000 light-rail rides were taken to home sporting events last month.

Single-day ridership on the Green and Blue lines topped 100,000 for the first time ever on Thursday, Sept. 3, when the St. Paul Saints, Twins and Gophers each played at home. Total ridership on that date was 355,665. 

Average weekday ridership on all modes in September was 302,669, the highest monthly average since at least January 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Light Rail METRO Blue Line METRO Green Line

Single-day LRT ridership tops 100K for first time 

| Monday, September 21, 2015 2:29:00 PM

Single-day ridership on the METRO Green and Blue lines recently topped 100,000 for the first time ever.

The milestone came on Thursday, Sept. 3, when there were a combined 100,909 light-rail rides. Nearly 64,000 rides were provided on the Green Line that day, while almost 37,000 rides were provided on the Blue Line.

Nearly a quarter of the rides taken were attributed to fans traveling to a St. Paul Saints, Minnesota Gophers football or Minnesota Twins game.

Event ridership has been strong on both the Green and Blue lines this year.

Saints fans took an estimated 52,990 Green Line rides to home games at CHS Field this season, an average of 981 rides per game. Through the end of August, Twins fans had taken nearly 512,000 rides, a 14 percent increase over last year.

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    > Blue, Green lines top 1 million rides in July

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METRO Blue Line METRO Green Line

Blue, Green lines top 1 million rides in July 

| Wednesday, August 19, 2015 1:20:00 PM

More than 1 million rides were taken on both the METRO Blue and Green lines last month, pushing total ridership through the end of July to nearly 49.4 million.

Ridership on all modes — local and express buses, Northstar and light rail  is up nearly 5 percent compared to the first seven months of 2014.

Nearly 1.1 million rides were taken on the METRO Green Line last month — the third time monthly ridership has surpassed the 1 million ride mark since the line opened last June. Last month's average weekday ridership was 37,654, about 20 percent higher than last July.

There have been nearly 6.7 million Green Line rides through the end of July, and nearly 13.2 million rides since service began last year.

The METRO Blue Line also topped 1 million rides in July  the first time ridership has surpassed that mark since August 2011 and just the fifth time it’s done so since the line opened in 2004. Average weekday ridership was 33,859 in July, up nearly 8 percent from last year.

Around 6.1 million Blue Line rides were taken through the end of July, a 12 percent increase over last year. Just a decade after service began, the Blue Line surpassed 100 million total rides in December 2014.

In 2014, Metro Transit provided 84.5 million rides, the highest ridership in more than three decades.

“We’re elated, but not surprised, that residents and visitors continue to enjoy traveling by light rail,” General Manager Brian Lamb said. “We look forward to building on this success and continuing to introduce new riders to all the advantages transit has to offer.”

 

                                                                                           

 

Community METRO Green Line Minneapolis St. Paul

At one-year mark, Green Line going strong 

| Monday, June 15, 2015 5:09:00 PM

Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb at Central Station, celebrating the Green Line's one-year anniversary.For the last eight months, Aaron Martin has used the METRO Green Line to get to not one but two jobs – one at the Town Hall Brewery in Cedar-Riverside and another at the Oceanaire in downtown Minneapolis.

The ease of his commutes is a near-daily confirmation that he made the right decision moving last fall to an apartment in St. Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood, where he can walk just a few blocks to the Fairview Avenue Station.

“I get frustrated with traffic, so the trains are really a godsend for me,” Martin said as he traveled westbound on his way to work.

Such stories have become commonplace since the Green Line opened a year ago. More than 11.1 million Green Line rides have been taken since light-rail service began on June 14, 2014, and average weekday ridership is nearly 25 percent higher than anticipated.

On Monday, Martin and other customers were invited to celebrate the Green Line's success by wearing Green Line anniversary buttons that can be used to receive discounts at businesses along the corridor (those who didn't receive a button can simply show retailers an image of it). Businesses and local leaders who had high hopes when the Green Line opened also took the day to reflect on how the Green Line has re-shaped the urban landscape. 

Standing alongside business owners and supporters at Central Station, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said he found it hard to believe the Green Line had been in service just a year given how much a part of the city’s character it has become.

He pointed to redevelopment projects in downtown St. Paul and along University Avenue as a testament to the Green Line’s “catalytic” effect and the promise it holds for helping “build on the future of St. Paul.” Around $3 billion in development has occurred or is planned within a half-mile of the Green Line.

General Manager Brian Lamb pointed to the ways the Green Line has expanded cultural and recreational opportunities, such as the new possibility of light-rail themed double-headers featuring the Minnesota Twins and the St. Paul Saints. (Several times this season, the Saints and Twins play home games on the same day, allowing fans to catch action at both transit-friendly ballparks.)

More importantly, though, Lamb said the Green Line has expanded access to opportunities.

A study from the University of Minnesota’s Accessibility Observatory released this week found that workers in St. Paul could, on average, reach over 2,000 more jobs by transit than they could before the Green Line opened. Job accessibility in some areas more than doubled due to the Green Line and improvements in connecting bus routes, the U of M study found.

“The Green Line is about more than rides, it’s about access,” Lamb said.

Though she doesn’t use the Green Line to get to work, St. Paul resident Dana Gehant values her ability to use the Green Line on her daily visits to her mother in Minneapolis. Like Martin, she grew tired of driving and gave up her car in favor of transit. Her hope now is that the Green Line will lead to further light-rail expansion in the region. 

“My only complaint is that it (the Green Line) doesn’t go further,” she said.

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METRO Green Line University of Minnesota

East Bank Station tops 1 million boardings 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The METRO Green Line's East Bank Station. Without a vehicle, University of Minnesota senior Kelsey Decker relies on transit to get to school, work and go shopping. One of her primary boarding locations: the METRO Green Line’s East Bank Station, situated at the heart of the U of M campus.

Decker was at the station this week as she prepared to board a westbound train that would take her to downtown Minneapolis, where she could transfer to the Blue Line en route to her job at Ikea in Bloomington. Decker estimates she’s at the station at least four times a week.

“I’ve been using the Green Line pretty much since the day it opened,” Decker said. “It’s very convenient and comfortable.”

Riders like Decker have made East Bank Station the most popular boarding location on the Green Line. In March, it became the first of the Green Line’s 23 stations to top 1 million boardings since service began in June 2014. Year-to-date, there have been an average of 4,468 weekday boardings at East Bank Station.

“Being in the middle of campus and near several major destinations, we knew East Bank Station would be a popular boarding location,” Director of Light Rail Brian Funk said. “We’re excited to see students and others using the Green Line as part of their daily travels.”

East Bank Station’s popularity is just one sign that the U of M has fully-embraced the Green Line. More than 16,000 U-Passes, which provide unlimited rides for a per-semester fee, have been sold this spring semester.

Combined, the three stations that serve the U of M campus – Stadium Village, East Bank and West Bank – have seen nearly 2 million total boardings. That represents about 22 percent of the 9.1 million total rides the Green Line has seen since service began.

Like Decker, U of M student Ian Rapson is also at East Bank Station several times a week. Rapson rides the Green Line between campus and Nicollet Mall Station (the Green Line's second-busies station), where he transfers to a Route 10 bus that delivers him to and from him home in Northeast Minneapolis.

“I do a lot of biking, but this is just as convenient and I like that can read when I take transit,” Rapson said.

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