Phoenix Metro light rail saw record ridership in September 2011 with 1,241,701 total boardings — the highest in the system's nearly three years of service. Ridership in 2011 is outpacing records achieved in 2010 by an average of more than 4 percent.
Metro also saw its highest ridership day on record with 60,437 riders on Sept. 9. The ridership spike was achieved by weekday commuters and special events that included home games for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona State University football.
Metro averaged 47,818 daily weekday riders in September; 34,520 daily riders on Saturdays and 19,887 on Sundays. Metro's 2020 weekday ridership projection of 48,004, developed during project planning, was also nearly reached.