Music City Star commuter line sets single-day ridership record

Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 5:19pm
Staff reports

Ridership on the Regional Transportation Authority’s Music City Star set a single-day record 1,107 commuter passenger trips on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Wednesday morning saw 601 passenger trips for the commuter rail line.

“With the winter weather as well as gas prices on the rise, more people are seeking other alternatives to driving their personal vehicles,” RTA Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Ballard said in a release. “They are quickly realizing the many benefits that public transit offers to them and the environment.”

Wednesday’s high follows recent strong numbers. Last week, Music City Star ridership hit a then-record 1,060 commuter passenger trips. 

In the last year, ridership on the regional train has steadily grown. During a six-month period from June through November 2010, ridership increased 8 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

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1 Comment on this post:

By: WayneJ on 1/13/11 at 4:38

Well done MCS! That's 1,107 potential accidents I didn't have to worry about yesterday! Having the track upgraded to allow for MCS operation also makes this line attractive to new industry as well (re: Kenwal Steel @ Martha).