Quarterly Ridership Report

Third Quarter 2016 - July 1 - Sept. 30, 2016

Total Sound Transit ridership increased by 27% during the third quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. All modes with the exception of Tacoma Link saw increases during the quarter. System-wide average weekday boardings increased 26% compared to the third quarter in 2015.

ST Express bus ridership increased by 133K, or 2.8% compared to the third quarter in 2015. Average weekday boardings came to 65,578 which was a 3% increase over the third quarter of 2015. This ridership growth was tempered by low fuel prices, which tend to depress bus ridership.

Sounder commuter rail ridership was up 5.7%, continuing its upward ridership trend. Similarly, average weekday boardings were 15,975, reflecting a 5% increase over the third quarter of 2015. Commute ridership on the North line increased by 8%, outpacing growth overall.

Tacoma Link ridership has managed to hold flat despite declines in Pierce Transit service in Pierce County. Average weekday boardings stood at 2,911 for the third quarter of 2016, with no change compared to the same period of 2015.

Link light rail ridership continued its strong growth during the third quarter, with a 69.3% increase compared to the same period of last year. Ridership growth compared to the prior year is largely attributed to the opening of new stations to Capitol Hill, University of Washington, and Angle Lake, which opened in September. Weekend ridership has also increased due to UW Husky football games that were not served by Link in 2015.

Paratransit ridership services increased by 16.5% for the third quarter of 2016. Paratransit service is provided along the Link corridor under contract with King County Metro. The increase in Paratransit ridership is attributed to the increased Paratransit responsibility with the opening of the Link extensions and additional customers requesting access to the Link system.

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