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Region making 'major strides' toward improved transit system

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The Twin Cities metro area is making "major strides" toward improving the region's transit system and building upon the impressive ridership growth achieved in 2007, Metropolitan Council Chair Peter Bell said Monday.

In his annual State of the Region speech at the Minneapolis Central Library, Bell reported that Metro Transit ridership surged to 77 million in 2007, an increase of nearly 5 percent over 2006 and the largest total since 1982.

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