Metro light rail ridership increased in 2011, to the tune of a 4 percent hike over the previous year. Metro handled 13.2 million riders last year, with an average of 40,712 riders on weekdays, 31,008 on Saturdays and 20,930 on Sundays/holidays.
The transit agency's other 2011 highlights include receiving $35.5 million in federal funding for the 3.1-mile extension on Main Street through downtown Mesa. Also, it established 13 stop locations and street configurations for the 2.6-mile Tempe streetcar project. The Mesa and Tempe projects should begin construction in 2013 and open by 2016.