Lookin' for a hot date Friday night? Thanks to rising gas prices, Portlanders need look no further than a TriMet
line. July's new record-breaking ridership stats reveal taking a ride on TriMet's MAX or bus lines, especially during rush hour, could have you snuggled nice and close to your dream date.
TriMet's rush-hour bus ridership is up 16.5 percent over July 2007, and rush-hour MAX ridership is up 13.8 percent. Monthly ridership reached 9.2 million last month, a 13.3 percent increase over last year.
TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch thinks Portlanders are simply realizing an all-zone, unlimited monthly TriMet pass
is available for just $86, which for many Portlanders is cheaper than a tank and a half of gas. “Since April, we have been hitting new ridership records,” she says.
Fetsch points out that while it's mostly commuters opting for the bus, light rail has become an attractive option for all riders: “Though bus ridership has increased mostly at peak times, MAX ridership has increased overall. This shows people just going to the zoo are beginning to think about alternative transportation.” (Date finder hint: Ride MAX lines over bus lines, because prospective dates will be more likely to have some time to kill.)
Thanks to rising gas, first dates are cheaper than ever