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Sixty million rides and counting

Passengers used Twin Cities transit 60 million times for the first nine months of this year. Metro Transit officials say that’s a four percent increase from the year before. Bus riders drove the increase.
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Passengers used Twin Cities transit 60 million times for the first nine months of this year. Metro Transit officials say that’s a four percent increase from the year before. Bus riders drove the increase.

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