Light rail ridership exceeds expectations

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Light rail numbers

PHOENIX -- There is some good economic news out of the Valley Thursday morning.

Valley Metro says more people rode the light rail in January than planners had predicted would ride after a year of service.

In fact, the number of light-rail riders averages out to be about 30,000 passengers a day.

Five thousand more people rode the rail during the week than expected and on the weekend, the number jumped to 10,000 more.