Sunday, March 15, 2009

That's A Lot Of Riders

I don't know Phoenix at all, but that's a lot of a riders on a newly opened line.
The average passenger count for weekdays in February, the second month of the cross-Valley line's revenue operations, jumped 15 percent from January and was well over projections for the first year. Almost 35,300 people rode trains on the average weekday, Metro announced Thursday. That figure exceeded Metro's target of 26,000 by more than one-third.

I usually making rail/highway comparisons, as I think too many people see them as simply parallel routes rather than fundamentally different modes of transportation, but just to give a sense of scale a highway lane can, at best (generous estimate), carry about 2000 vehicles per hour, though obviously your, uh, mileage may vary depending on congestion levels.