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Metro Transit Celebrates Record Ridership in 2011!

In 2011, more than 14.9 million rides were recorded on Metro Transit, a 9.5% increase over last year.

This is in keeping with a trend of increase mass transit ridership across the country that has been attributed to a recovering economy, high gas prices and improved technology.

Read release from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) on national transit ridership increases through third quarter here.


Staff attribute Metro Transit's record ridership to the following:


Riding Transit Saves Money

According to more information released by APTA, individuals can save $807 a month and $9,648 a year riding transit versus driving to work alone.

Read APTA release on transit savings estimates here.

Easier to Ride Due to Improved Technology

In the Metro Transit service area, improvements in information technology as well as successful unlimited ride programs have also greatly contributed to ridership success.

In June, passengers were able to start planning trips on their PC’s or mobile devices using Google maps.

Metro is also promoting PC and smart phone applications that allow passengers to track the location of their bus in real time and takes some of the unknown out of riding the bus.

Applications currently available:


Convenient Pass Programs Available

Metro has several programs in place that provide employees and college students yearly unlimited ride passes.

Complete list of programs


Metro recently implemented a Commute Card program that allows businesses of all sizes to provide this same unlimited ride benefit.

Commute Card Details


Metro Transit would like to thank all of its riders and supporters for making 2011 such a success!









Metro Transit: (608) 266-4466; E-mail: mymetrobus@cityofmadison.com