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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons
Mark A. Ball

December 16, 2008

DART ridership continues growth in November

Gas prices kept falling and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) ridership kept rising last month.

Average weekday bus ridership in November is the highest in November since 2000 when DART recorded 166,046 average weekday riders. DART Rail and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail both posted gains in total and average weekday ridership. Average weekday DART Rail ridership ranks fourth all time behind August, September and October 2008; and the TRE's average weekday ridership ranks fifth all time. DART's HOV lanes were up more than 36% in both average weekday and total ridership.

The table below compares November 2008 (which had two fewer work days in it) with November 2007.

Bus
Average weekday = 161,327 (2.7% increase)
Total = 3,558,966 (2.4% decrease)

DART Rail
Average weekday = 70,690 (13.9% increase)
Total = 1,571,399 (5.2% increase)

Trinity Railway Express
Average weekday = 10,567 (12.8% increase)
Total = 214,325 (5% increase)

HOV
Average weekday = 158,583 (37.42% increase)
Total = 4,197,850 (36.5% increase)



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