Even with rising gas prices, METRO's March ridership declined

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Six weeks after METRO stopped collecting March data, METRO finally fulfilled Tom Bazan’s TxPIA request for March ridership numbers.

Guess what? Ridership declined, both for bus and light rail, when compared to data for March, 2007. Bus ridership was down almost nine percent, and train boardings were down four percent.

Unfortunately, METRO still doesn’t provide convenient, timely service for most people, so even with gas prices rising, METRO just isn’t a viable alternative.

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