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Forum staff reports, Published January 27 2011

MATBUS ridership in Fargo-Moorhead passes 2 million mark in 2010

FARGO - Metro Area Transit bus and paratransit users helped push rides passed the 2 million mark in 2010 for the first time in several decades.

The 2,059,184 rides represent a 6.7 percent increase over 2009, a MATBUS news release stated.

MAT attributes increased ridership to higher gas prices, cold winter temperatures, more college student riders and continuing marketing efforts.

Fargo users took 1.6 million rides, Moorhead showed almost 370,000 and paratransit gave 57,850 rides.

The annual statistics don’t include numbers for transporting flood volunteers, who accounted for about 4,500 rides, or Moorhead’s “Extreme Home Makeover” volunteers, who took more than 1,400 rides.

In 2010, MAT added six new 35-foot flyer buses, a new southwest Fargo route, numerous technology upgrades and more than a dozen passenger waiting shelters, the release said.

MAT offers 25 fixed routes in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo in addition to paratransit services.