Check this excellent article from Kate Nash of the Santa Fe New Mexican out. In it, she explains that:
Riders took 45,207 fewer one-way trips on the Rail Runner Express in the second quarter of this year compared to April, May and June of last year, new figures show.
The second-quarter numbers are the first true comparison of riders during a time in which free rides were not offered.
Sprinkled throughout the article are several choice quotes from yours truly as well on the reasons for the decline and the importance of the new numbers.