THE BREAKDOWN:4.1 percent
increase in urban local service.3.3 percent
increase in express service.3.4 percent
increase in suburban local service.4.4 percent
increase in Northstar commuter rail ridership.2.3 percent
Decrease in Hiawatha light-rail ridership.
WHAT'S WITH LIGHT RAIL?
The Metrodome's collapse in December had an equally deflating effect on light-rail ridership, said Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland. The Hiawatha line started the year with ridership down because of "no comparable events (Vikings and others) in the out-of-service Metrodome," he said. For context, he added that 2010 was the highest ridership ever for the Hiawatha line, with 10.5 million rides.