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TriMet: Ridership near record levels

Nearly 9.2 million trips were taken on TriMet in May, a near total record and the highest ridership since summer 2008.

According to the regional transit agency, ridership on the Westside Express commuter rail line reached a new record in May, with 1,750 average weekday trips. System wide, weekly trips were up two percent to 2 million, the second highest weekly ridership TriMet has ever provided.

The following figures comparing last month to May 2011 were released by TriMet Monday morning:

Bus, MAX and WES

• Weekly trips were up 2.0 percent to 2,085,450.

• Weekday trips were up 1 percent to 341,150.

• Weekend trips were up 6.6 percent to 379,700.

• Rush-hour trips were up 0.7 percent to 107,050.

Bus

• Weekly trips were up 2.3 percent to 1,228,700.

• Weekday trips were up 1.7 percent to 205,200.

• Weekend trips were up 5.6 percent to 198,700.

• Rush-hour trips were up 0.2 percent to 65,400.

MAX

• Weekly trips were up 1.5 percent to 852,000.

• Weekday trips were down 0.1 percent to 134,200.

• Weekend trips were up 7.7 percent to 181,000.

• Rush-hour trips were up 1.3 percent to 39,900.

MAX Green Line

• Weekday trips were up 5.6 percent to 24,600.

• Weekend trips were up 5.7 percent to 27,900.

WES

• Weekday/rush-hour trips were up 6.7 percent to 1,750 - a record high.

• Weekly trips were up 6.7 percent to 8,750 - a record high.