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NJ Transit Sees Record Ridership

BIZ BriefsThe number of passengers on NJ Transit buses and trains reached a record high for the three months ended September 2007. Passengers took 64.4 million trips, 3.2 percent more than the same period last year, NJ Transit announced this month.

The agency attributes the increase to improved service, strong regional employment and higher gas prices. Passengers reached an average of 881,700 trips each weekday while weekend trips averaged 712,800. The weekend trip total was the highest for any quarter in the corporation’s history. “Our continued ridership growth is a reflection of a strong regional economy and our commitment to creating connections for our customers so they can travel … as conveniently as possible,” said NJ Transit Executive Director Richard Sarles.

During the period, customers took 40.6 million bus trips, 18.9 million rail trips and 5 million trips on the system’s three light rail lines.

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