TriMet's July ridership numbers are in. And they don't look so good. Stats from last month show 8.5 million trips last month on buses, MAX and WES —
an 8 percent drop from July 2008.
Bus lines during rush hour took the biggest hit — with ridership down 17.3 percent from last year at the same time. Though still down overall, weekend trips suffered the smallest drop with just a 5 percent decline.
TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch attributes the decline to a "double whammy"- double-digit unemployment
rates and cheaper gas
compared to July's record $4 plus per gallon
"It doesn't mean anything," Fetsch says of the ridership drop. "Transit ridership tracks what is going on in the economy ... Eight and half million is still a solid number."