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Carmageddon: Public transit ridership up, officials say

July 16, 2011 |  1:55 pm

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 Ridership on at least a few Metrolink lines has increased today compared to a normal summer Saturday afternoon, spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt said.

Coffelt said that last Saturday there were 127 riders on the first train from Oceanside to Union Station and that today there were 257 riders. In the opposite direction, there were 102 riders from Union Station to Oceanside last week and there were 154 today.

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There were about 100 additional riders on the first two trains of Metrolink's Antelope Valley line from Lancaster to Los Angeles, and eight additional riders in the opposite direction, Coffelt said.

Metro spokesman Rick Jager said ridership was quiet on most of the Westside lines but there was an increase in the number of riders at the Red Line's North Hollywood station.


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-- Ari Bloomekatz at the Emergency Operations Center in downtown L.A.

Photo: Commuters prepare to board the subway at the 7th Street metro station earlier this year. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times