Ridership Continues Significant Upward Climb on Train and Regional Buses

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Ridership Continues Significant Upward Climb on Train and Regional Buses

Music City Star sets record with 26,989 passenger trips taken in June

July 18, 2011 — Ridership on the Regional Transportation Authority’s (RTA) Music City Star and regional bus routes just keeps on growing.

For the third time this year, the Music City Star set a single-month record for ridership with 26,989 passenger trips taken in June. In June, Music City Star ridership was up 53 percent compared to June 2010. RTA’s regional bus routes also experienced a significant increase in June, up 30 percent compared to ridership on the same routes a year ago.

Ridership on all RTA services increased 42 percent in June 2011 compared to June 2010. For the year, Music City Star ridership is up 40 percent and ridership on RTA regional bus routes is up 38 percent.

“We are very pleased more people are riding the Music City Star and RTA’s other regional services,” RTA Board Chair Jo Ann Graves said. “Middle Tennesseans realize how affordable the service is and that it’s easy to use. Of course, this creates a greater demand to grow our transportation network and the board and staff are working very hard on this.”

Train ridership has been on the rise in 2011 prior gas prices spiking earlier this year and despite 2010 being a record year for ridership on the Star. A previous record of 25,321 passenger trips were taken in March, eclipsing the record of 20,465 set one month earlier in February.

June 2010 vs. June 2011

Route

June 10

June 11

Increase

Music City Star

17,620

26,989

53%

91X Franklin/Brentwood Express

1,908

2,900

52%

92X Gallatin/Hendersonville Express

2,266

2,728

20%

93 Music City Star West End Shuttle

5,171

6,747

30%

95X Spring Hill Express

1,230

1,649

34%

96X Nashville/Murfreesboro Relax & Ride

6,807

8,534

25%

Year To Date Through June

2010 vs. 2011

Route

2010

2011

Increase

Music City Star

100,895

141,325

40%

91X Franklin/Brentwood Express

9,530

15,736

65%

92X Gallatin/Hendersonville Express

13,010

17,232

32%

93 Music City Star West End Shuttle

30,643

40,067

31%

95X Spring Hill Express

5,548

8,284

49%

96X Nashville/Murfreesboro Relax & Ride

36,330

49,466

36%

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