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The November average weekday bus ridership was 1.4% higher than a year earlier, and the year-to-date weekday average is 2.3% higher than in the same period in 2013. This growth is driven largely by the increase in local employment (3.4% this year). The growing popularity of RapidRide also contributes to system-wide ridership gains. The October and November ridership gains were lower than in the previous few months because of the service reductions that began in late September. (Note that ridership is seasonal, with the lowest ridership in summer and December.)

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RapidRide Ridership has grown steadily since its inception with the A Line in October 2010. The increase from 2013 to 2014 largely reflects the introduction of the E and F Lines in 2014, but November weekday ridership was up 11% over November 2013 on the lines that existed both years. Year-to-date RapidRide weekday ridership is 44% higher than the previous ridership on the services that RapidRide replaced.

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VanPool and VanShare boardings so far in 2014 are down 2.8% compared with the same period last year. After adjusting for an improved passenger-counting methodology starting this year, boardings are actually up about 4.5% so far in 2014. This growth is consistent with the increase in vanpool and vanshare groups and total miles driven by the vans.

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Metro's Accessible Services program provides transportation to those unable to ride regular transit service. Year-to-date Access ridership is 7.0% below the same period in 2013. Part of the decline is due to travel training to help people with disabilities ride regular bus service. Metro also has been expanding the less-costly Community Access Transit (CAT) program, which has seen a 6.9% ridership growth this year.