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Transit trends

Although TFA generally deals exclusively with intercity rail transportation, there are some stories which can only be described as “signs of the times.” I think you will agree. First, here is one from today’s Dallas Morning News.

By MICHAEL LINDENBERGER / The Dallas Morning News

Dallas-area rail passengers should probably get used to standing this summer.



A recent DART light-rail train heading north out of downtown Dallas was filled to standing-room-only capacity.

For the second month in a row, DART light-rail and commuter trains drew more passengers than in the same month last year, according to numbers released by the transit agency Thursday.

The increase has made finding a seat on some business routes more difficult, DART officials said. And with gas prices expected to stay at or above $4 a gallon, it’s not likely to get any easier.

The overall increase in transit ridership has been modest, with bus ridership showing only a small gain in April and a small reduction last month. But DART spokesman Morgan Lyons said the busiest light-rail routes – including the morning Red Line train cars headed downtown – are seeing passenger loads up to about 1.25 times the available number of seats. That means that for every four people who have seats, another person will be standing.

The Los Angeles Times has a similar report.


Nancy Pastor / For the Los Angeles Times
Metrolink commuters arrive at Union Station in Los Angeles. Caltrans officials said that traffic on California freeways dropped 1.5% today compared with last year — or the equivalent of a billion fewer miles traveled, said spokesman Derrick Alatorre.

Amid rising gas prices, more in L.A. turning to commuter rail

Metrolink recorded its highest number of riders for a single day. More than 50,000 people boarded its trains Tuesday.
By Joanna Lin and Francisco Vara-Orta, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers 
June 20, 2008
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Commuter rail ridership broke an all-time record this week, and Caltrans reported a dip in freeway traffic as commuters across California struggled with record gasoline prices.

Metrolink recorded its highest number of riders in a single day Tuesday — 50,232 — a 15.6% increase over the volume on the Tuesday of the same week last year. Metro Rail ridership has also risen, shooting up 6% last month over May 2007, with the downtown L.A.-to-Pasadena Gold Line setting an all-time ridership record, said Dave Sotero, a Metro spokesman.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

2 Responses

  1. Allan says:

    Driving smaller hybrids and living closer to work will do more to cut fuel usage than will mass transit.

  2. […] of you reading this as well) need to be pushing hard for this. Because despite increased Amtrak and public transportation ridership, many just aren’t getting the idea. Nowhere does the New York Times article mention trains as […]

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