Gas prices are up, and so is Metrolink ridership

Yesterday was Dump the Pump Day, and Los Angeles commuters were encouraged to take public transportation over their cars. The Los Angeles Times reported that this week, Metrolink ridership hit an all-time high.

Metrolink recorded its highest number of riders for a single day.
More than 50,000 people boarded its trains Tuesday.
By Joanna Lin and Francisco Vara-Orta, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
June 20, 2008

Commuter rail ridership broke an all-time record this week, and Caltrans reported a dip in freeway traffic as commuters across California struggled with record gasoline prices.

Metrolink recorded its highest number of riders in a single day Tuesday — 50,232 — a 15.6% increase over the volume on the Tuesday of the same week last year. Metro Rail ridership has also risen, shooting up 6% last month over May 2007, with the downtown L.A.-to-Pasadena Gold Line setting an all-time ridership record, said Dave Sotero, a Metro spokesman.