MTA posts strong ridership gains in 3 categories
The Maryland Transit Administration ranked near the top of the nations list in ridership gains in three categories during the first six months of this year, according to the American Public Transit Association.
The national trade group for transit agencies said Baltimore posted a 10.4 percent increase in light rail ridership and a 10 percent increase on its Metro system over last year during the January-June period. That gave the light rail system the seventh-highest gain in the ranking of 27 similar systems. The Metro gain was the third-largest out of 15 heavy rail systems.
Baltimore's bus system also posted a strong gain of 7.5 percent -- putting it among the leaders in that category as well.
The associations reported that 5.2 billion trips were taken on U.S. transit systems during the six-month period, a 1.7 percent increase over the comparable period last year. Nationally, APTA said, heavy rail use increased 3.8 percent and light rail use 3.7 percent. It reported a slight increase in bus ridership.