Surging gas prices and a slow recovery in the job market have caused the first rise in Trimet rush-hour ridership in months.
Although total ridership was down 1.4 percent compared to the same month in 2010, Oregon’s largest transit agency said MAX Green Line and WES commuter rail saw double-digit increases.
“Rush hour is mostly people who are working,” said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. “Obviously, most of the cuts last year were on bus, so it’s obviously taking longer to recover. Still, these numbers are telling, maybe encouraging.”
There were 8.6 million boardings -- or “trips,” as TriMet calls them -- taken on buses, MAX and WES trains in March.
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