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Metro Transit Ridership Highest in Decades [GRAPH]

In 2014 Metro Transit had its highest ridership in more than 30 years, with 84.5 million trips taken on either bus, train or light rail.

Couple that with the opening of the $80 million Target Field Station and $957 million Green Line connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul and that adds up to a pretty damn good year for public transit.

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Now, it wasn't all good. The Green Line goes slower than anticipated and people can't stop running into the trains downtown, but at least these expensive new transit upgrades are being used.

The relative success of the Green Line and increased bus ridership is something to keep in mind as the debate over transportation and Southwest Light Rail funding rages at the Capitol over the next few months.

And transit riders upset over the laughable state of bus stops/shelters across the Twin Cities can take solace in the fact that new Met Council Chair Adam Duininck is one of the only members on the Met Council who actually uses the bus on a regular basis.

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