This article originally appeared in Metro Magazine
Metrolink announced an uptick in daily boardings on October 4 of more than 33% from the week prior. This was the highest single-day ridership since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 changed how Southern Californians use public transportation.
In honor of California Clean Air Day, more than 26,000 riders capitalized on free fares all day long across Metrolink’s entire, 545-mile system, which connects Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura counties.
“We couldn’t let California Clean Air Day pass without doing our part to improve air quality in the communities we serve,” said Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle. “In coordination with our member agencies who also waived fares on Wednesday, we were able to provide a record number of riders safe and sustainable transportation options that kept tens of thousands of cars off the road.”