There were more than 75,000 total rides on The Hop streetcar in its first month
Before it even came close to beginning service, some said that no one is going to ride The Hop MKE streetcar. Apparently, someone forgot to tell more than 75,000 riders that stepped aboard in November.
Beginning with its launch weekend, Nov. 2-4, there were 76,125 total rides on the streetcar in its first month, including 16,409 that debut weekend.
Excluding that initial burst, the average daily ridership on the streetcar was 2,297 in November. That's considerably above some city estimates that about 1,850 rides a day would be taken.
Sensors mounted above the doors count boarding passengers.
Rides are free the first year, thanks to a sponsorship by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, and some have suggested that the free rides could be extended until the lakefront segment of the route is completed as part of The Couture development, but there's been no official word about that idea.
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