Light-Rail Ridership at Lowest Level Yet; Summer Doldrums Take Major Toll on New System
Metro Light Rail and its boosters have plenty of excuses for the dwindling ridership, some of which even make sense. For instance, Arizona State University students made up a significant portion of the onboard crowd during the spring, and now school's out.
But aren't there any factors working for light rail? The economy's in the crapper, and more people are out of work than in the last 25 years. Using light rail and buses costs less than owning a car, but boardings don't increase as household budgets decrease. Go figure.
Graph from Metro: