In July 2008, when gasoline prices in Southern California were north of $4.50 a gallon, ridership on Metrolink, the Los Angeles regional rail line hit a record 50,152 one-day trips. That figure has fallen back to 47,078, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
The drop is blamed on a combination of lower gasoline prices and rising unemployment. Also contributed to the decline was the September 2008 crash in Chatsworth that claimed 25 lives. For the first time since 2002, the railroad is conducting a proactive campaign to put more fannies in its seats.
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