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13 Million Passengers use ABQ RIDE in 2012

2012 another record-breaking year for ridership.


More people took ABQ RIDE during calendar year 2012 than in any other year in Albuquerque’s public transportation history. And for the first time ever, ridership from January through December, 2012 on ABQ RIDE topped the 13 million passenger mark.

Latest figures show 13,003,221 passengers hopped aboard ABQ RIDE during 2012. That tops 2011’s previous record for ridership in a calendar year (12,373,445) by about 630,000 passengers. It also represents a 5.1% improvement in ridership from 2011’s then record-setting total.

“Remarkably, ABQ RIDE managed to yet again hit new heights in ridership despite gasoline prices rising and falling in 2012,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “More than ever before, it’s proving to be Albuquerque’s viable, economical and even fun alternative to getting around town.”

During the 2012 calendar year, ABQ RIDE also achieved something it had never before done in its long history; eleven straight months of boarding 1 million-plus customers from January to November. 2012 also saw ABQ RIDE reach its highest-ever monthly ridership total: 1,237,344 passengers during the month of October.

ABQ RIDE even showed a huge improvement during the traditionally-slow month of December. Last month, a record total of 917,925 passengers boarded ABQ RIDE buses, despite the Christmas holidays and UNM, CNM and other schools being out for most of the month. That beat December, 2011’s total ridership by about 39 thousand (39,292) passengers. It also showed a constant, steady growth during a month which only six years before was logging about 264 thousand fewer passengers.

And when it comes to overall growth, ABQ RIDE has performed phenomenally since 2007. The 13 million plus passengers that boarded ABQ RIDE buses in Calendar year 2012 represents a 13 % increase over 2010’s total ridership, a 22% increase over 2009’s ridership and a whopping 33 % increase from 2007’s total ridership.

“Once again, it’s our employees who deserve much of the credit for our current and future success,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE. “They’ve managed to successfully transport more riders year after year.”

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