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Ridership up on light rail, Phoenix metro buses

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PHOENIX (AP) - Ridership on the Phoenix-area's light rail system is up nearly 6% over the previous year with weekends showing the greatest percentage increases.

More than 13.5million boardings on the light rail were recorded between July 1, 2011 and June 30. That's up nearly 760,000, or 5.9%.

Nearly 57.5 million bus boardings were logged in the same period, representing an increase of nearly 2.7 million, or 4.9% over fiscal year 2011.

The chief executive of Valley Metro says the growth comes primarily from attendance at downtown sporting events and Arizona State University students.

Online: www.valleymetro.org

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