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Another record-setting year for Sound Transit train, bus ridership

February 27, 2014

More than 30 million boardings on Sound Transit services in 2013

Sound Transit set annual ridership records in 2013 for boardings on its trains and buses. Overall, Sound Transit saw approximately 30.3 million boardings last year, an increase of more than 8 percent over 2012. Average weekday boardings topped 101,000. Central Link light rail ridership grew 11 percent.  

"Light rail ridership has seen double-digit increases in every year of operation," said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine. "This new record only confirms how essential transit is to our regional mobility and prosperity."  

The ridership increases were as follows:

  • ST Express regional buses: 57,132 average weekday boardings and 16.6 million annual boardings (8 percent increase from 2012)
  • Central Link light rail: 28,953 average weekday boardings and 9.7 million annual boardings (11 percent increase from 2012)
  • Sounder commuter rail: 11,587 average weekday boardings and 3.0 million annual boardings (8 percent increase from 2012)  

The full annual ridership report can be found here: www.soundtransit.org/Ridership