Edmonton saw two million more riders take public transit between January and May of this year over the same period in 2009.

Transit officials attribute the almost seven per cent increase to the expansion of the LRT's south line, the opening of Southgate and Century Park stations and a campaign encouraging people to use transit rather than drive.

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The Century Park light rail transit station opened in April. ((Courtesy of the City of Edmonton))

Charles Stolte, Edmonton's transit manager, said he expects ridership will continue to grow over the next three years as the city invests in new LRT lines and improves security and advertising.

"We were very excited about the ridership figures. Obviously there's been a lot of planning and there's been a lot of work that's gone on by new programs that we've initiated, as well as new services with the expansion of the LRT and additional service hours that we put in place on our buses," Stolte said.

City staff have recommended that three additional lines — to NAIT, Mill Woods and the west end — be completed by the end of 2016.