Ridership up on public transit

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SAN DIEGO — The Metropolitan Transit System logged an all-time high of 95 million passenger trips on buses and trolleys in the fiscal year ended June 30.

trolleyThe 95,010,550 trips was an 11.5 percent increase over fiscal 2012-13 and topped the old record of 91,641,508, set three years ago, according to the MTS.

“Serving 95 million passengers over a 12-month period is a significant milestone for MTS and the public transportation system in San Diego,” said Paul Jablonski, chief executive of MTS. “MTS provides critical transportation services for the region, helping residents get to places such as work, school and entertainment venues. The ridership record further demonstrates that public transportation is an attractive alternative for San Diego residents and visitors.”

The agency cited realigned routes, new trolley cars, an improving economy and high gas prices as reasons for the increased use of public transit. The MTS also installed automated passenger counters in its trolleys for a more accurate tally.

Buses logged 55.3 million passenger trips during the fiscal year. The total was down 1 percent. The MTS cited construction along some major routes.

The dip was more than made up for by larger numbers of trolley riders. More than 39.7 million trolley trips were taken during the fiscal year, a jump of around 10 million, according to the MTS.

Large increases were seen on the Green Line, with a 42 percent jump in ridership between downtown San Diego and Santee, and the Orange Line, with a 31 percent hike in trips between downtown San Diego and El Cajon.

The Blue Line, which runs between Old Town and Tijuana, carried the most passengers, with 15.1 million trips.

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