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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