Metro commuters have been turning to buses and trains to avoid this year's higher gas prices. Here's a look at the latest numbers provided Wednesday by Metro Transit. 1.2 million more rides in the first half of 2011, compared with the same period last year. 39.6 million Altogether, how many customers rode Metro Transit trains and buses.


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.


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.