from the Charlotte Observer:
Recession hasn't slowed light rail traffic
The Lynx Blue Line averaged 15,121 weekday trips in April – surprisingly high ridership given the severe recession.
Charlotte's light-rail line had been averaging roughly 14,000 trips for much of the year, and the Charlotte Area Transit System expected it to decline because fewer people are working. But the Lynx carried 380,186 passengers for April, up more than 10 percent over the same time a year ago.
“I'm amazed that we aren't seeing bigger numbers in terms of losing ridership,” said CATS chief executive Keith Parker, who is leaving Charlotte to take the top transit job in San Antonio at the end of June. “Our customers are primarily people going to and from work.”