Ridership of trolleys spikes as arena opens

Revenue from parking fees during arena events totaled $15,161 in January, and net income was $11,901. City-owned lots were 32 percent full during events, assistant county manager Ron Holt said.

In February, revenue from parking totaled $21,069, and net income was $13,424. Occupancy was 21 percent in February.

Holt noted that the Q-Line trolleys have been popular among eventgoers. Ridership in January was 8,031 — more than the 7,500 for all of last year — and ridership in February was 5,325. That compares with 1,082 in October, 569 in November and 218 in December before the arena opened.

Ridership the first two months of this year is up 615 percent compared with the first three months of 2009, Holt said.

—Deb Gruver