Feb 25, 2021 - Economy & Business

Public transit plummets in Twin Cities amid pandemic

Reproduced from Metropolitan Council; Chart: Axios Visuals
Reproduced from Metropolitan Council; Chart: Axios Visuals

Public transit use across the metro plummeted amid the pandemic, as remote work and fear of enclosed spaces kept people from boarding buses and trains.

By the numbers: Overall ridership dropped 53% in 2020, per new figures from the Metropolitan Council.

  • Light rail and the Northstar trains, both used by workers commuting downtown, saw some of the biggest declines.

The big picture: Cities across the nation are facing an "existential" crisis when it comes to bringing riders back to pre-pandemic levels.

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