August 10th, 2009 5:33 pm | by Allison Ferre News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Why TriMet Says Its Ridership Dropped Last Month

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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."
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