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Rapid ridership up 9%

7:51 PM, Jun 24, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Government data shows bus and train ridership is up in cities across the nation. Last year alone, the Rapid had 400,000 more rides, an increase of nearly 9 percent. That's higher than national trends at 7 percent growth.

Bus ridership is up 14 percent on Sunday alone. Brian Pouget, the Rapid's chief operating officer says every time gas prices go up, they see ridership increase.

In fact transit is doing so well they're adding 33 stations up Division and the Medical Mile. That 39 million dollar project is expected to create a fast moving transit line along Division, Michigan, and the Medical Mile.

Pouget says, "Specifically up to the Medical Mile, many jobs were created up there and there is certainly a demand to get people up there. This does it quicker and more efficiently."

It's just another sign that ridership is up, and they expect that trend to stay that way.

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