On Aug. 14 Metrolink announced it has achieved the highest annual ridership in the almost 27-year history of the agency with 11,935,356 boardings in fiscal year 2018-2019.

The new record is an increase of 247,000 from the prior year and eclipses the previous record of 11,796,086 set in 2008-2009.

It marks five years in a row of ridership increases on the Metrolink system — a contrast to a trend of declining or flat ridership in public transportation nationwide.

Contributing to a 2.1 percent increase in ridership from 2017-2018, the Metrolink Board increased its marketing investment, approved discounts to offset decreasing ridership on some lines and got creative by offering trial rides for Earth Day and Bike Month.

Metrolink’s trend toward higher ridership has continued: compared to July 2018, there were 3.7 percent more riders in 2019, with every Metrolink line experiencing ridership growth in July. Additionally, mobile ticket sales reached their highest month ever in July 2019 at $3,088,373.Metrolink credits the strong economy for its boost in ridership with more workers traveling through Los Angeles Union Station.

Metrolink averages about 40,000 boardings on a typical weekday. Eighty-two percent of Metrolink travelers are going to or from work.

For information on Metrolink, visit metrolinktrains.com.

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