The transit service that serves Maine’s largest metropolitan area broke its own ridership record in 2019, when it topped 2 million riders for the first time.
Ridership on METRO, which serves the Portland area, began growing in 2014 and has continued since, the service said in a statement. Greater Portland Transit District recorded 2.1 million riders in 2019, up 8 percent from the previous year’s mark.
The increased ridership follows system enhancements, added frequency, new routes, new buses and other improvements, the transit district said. METRO is the largest public transportation agency in the state and provides service in Portland, Brunswick, Freeport and other southern Maine communities.
Ridership of METRO was less than 1.2 million in 2000 and began climbing swiftly in the mid-2010s.