Recent Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority system ridership numbers show an increase in weekday boardings during January and February of 2012.
LACMTA rail ridership jumped the charts during the first two months of this year, with the Orange Line commuter route up a significant 18 percent. Ridership on also showed solid increases during January and February, most notably on the Blue Line and Green Line. The popular Gold Line scored the biggest spike in ridership, reporting a 21.6 percent increase in boardings compared to last year.
Rail ridership surged 5.9 percent to 316,436 average weekday boardings during the same reporting period, gaining 17,504 when compared to February 2011. This is a significant increase from the slow but steady 1.9 percent rise reported between 2011 and 2010.
Overall, ridership showed strong gains during the month of February totaling 316,436 average weekday boardings on the entire 79.1-mile system. The Blue Line carried an average of 83,397 customers, the Green Line recorded 43,712, the Gold Line logged 41,147 and the Red Line averaged 148,180 weekday boardings in February.