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Transit use up in 2012

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More than 81 million individual trips were logged on Metro Transit’s buses and trains in 2012, a high point not hit in roughly 30 years.

Metro Transit use was up 165,044 rides in 2012, a 0.2-percent increase over 2011. It was the third straight year of increased ridership numbers for the transit system, said Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland.

“Early ’80s is the last time we exceeded 81 million,” Siqveland said.

Light rail transit use also hit a record high of nearly 10.5 million rides in 2012, the most since the Hiawatha Light Rail line opened in 2004.

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