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Metro Transit Ridership on Bus Routes, Trains Serving Fridley Tops 4M

Fridley trips on Northstar totaled 28,275 for the year.

People took more than four million rides in 2011 on bus routes and the Northstar commuter rail line that serve Fridley, according to Metro Transit.

Overall Northstar ridership last year was down by 1 percent from 2010—primarily due to the freight-train derailment in Fridley that caused the line to in July 2011, the transit agency said in a press release.

Total ridership—including the Hiawatha Light Rail line—topped 80 million rides for only the second time in 30 years, General Manager Brian Lamb said, for a 3.5 percent increase over 2010.

Here are the 2011 ridership figures for bus routes serving Fridley and the Northstar:

2011 Ridership for MetroTransit Bus Routes Serving Fridley

10 59 801* 824 852 854 Total Jan 189,473 14,721 4,005 3,300 23,118 14,188 248,805 Feb 187,342 14,431 3,079 3,004 22,509 13,736 244,101 Mar 220,564 16,684 6,606 3,700 26,137 16,176 289,867 Apr 203,200 13,837 6,291 3,566 26,326 15,214 268,434 May 214,459 15,761 6,388 3,004 24,644 14,449 278,705 Jun 219,664 16,317 6,931 3,183 23,914 15,010 285,019 Jul 215,255 14,610 5,877 2,646 21,563 12,859 272,810 Aug 235,452 17,323 8,107 3,154 26,549 14,828 305,413 Sep 229,183 16,603 7,164 3,096 29,006 14,899 299,951 Oct 232,576 16,796 6,695 3,296 28,836 15,037 303,236 Nov 217,167 16,485 5,867 3,315 26,146 14,346 283,326 Dec 218,737 15,984 6,683 3,247 23,078 13,235 280,964 Total 2,583,072 189,552 73,693 38,511 301,826 173,977 3,360,631

*MetroTransit doesn't operate Route 801 and has yet to confirm these figures for that route.

2011 Ridership for Northstar Commuter Rail

 

Big Lake Elk River Anoka Coon Rapids Fridley Mpls*
Total Jan 6,607 7,391 4,787 4,695 1,452 22,339 47,271 Feb 6,377 7,063 4,467 4,323 1,421 20,545 44,196 Mar 8,031 8,718 5,444 5,263 1,640 25,488 54,584 Apr 9,741 9,139 6,341 6,486 3,012 31,078 65,797 May 9,241 8,932 6,086 6,299 2,929 30,056 63,543 Jun 10,902 10,017 6,650 7,007 3,286 34,496 72,358 Jul 9,131 7,830 5,380 5,842 2,969 29,377 60,529 Aug 12,546 10,457 7,064 7,136 3,831 37,865 78,899 Sep 10,019 8,898 6,174 6,138 2,821 30,828 64,878 Oct 7,912 7,250 5,090 4,581 1,653 24,360 50,846 Nov 7,191 6,790 4,813 4,408 1,551 21,984 46,737 Dec 9,022 7,532 5,184 5,082 1,710 25258 53,788 Total 106,720 100,017 67,480 67,260 28,275 333,674 703,426

*Ridership figures in this column tally people departing Minneapolis.

Pam Reynolds January 19, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Well that's one way to make Northstar look better---lump it in with the preferred and cheaper method of transit. Add in the Hiawatha lightrail to really boost numbers. Check the Fridley numbers alone. If it weren't for Twins games April through Sept. the numbers would tell the real story---$$$$train. Still not self supporting with subsidies at $21 per ride!!!

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