The overall numbers are below. As you can see, ridership has decreased in the past two years by about 3.7 percent and we’re not yet seeing a bump because of high gas prices.
Reasons? There is no definitive answer — it’s likely a combination of factors, including high local unemployment (12.3 percent in L.A. County in February), a fare increase in July 2010 that impacted about 48 percent of Metro riders, fluctuating gas prices in the past two years and bus service changes.
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Systemwide Ridership Estimates
|Mar. 2011||Mar. 2010||Mar. 2009|
|Average Weekday Boardings||1,463,151||1,488,683||1,519,799|
|Average Saturday Boardings||957,481||960,510||992,077|
|Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings||609,715||749,684||725,199|
|Total Calendar Month Boardings||39,921,249||41,080,479||41,029,873|
Graphs showing ridership for Metro’s bus system and the individual rail lines are posted after the jump.