Quarterly Ridership Report
First Quarter 2014 - January 1 - March 31, 2014
Total Sound Transit boardings increased by more than 8% during the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Boardings increased on all modes except Tacoma Link and Paratransit. Overall, ridership growth is trending ahead of the annual SIP and budget forecasts. One-day ridership records were set February 5 on ST Express, Sounder, and Central Link as hundreds of thousands of Seahawks fans attended the Superbowl victory parade in downtown Seattle. Apart from slide-related train cancellations on the Sounder North Line, there were no major service disruptions during the quarter.
ST Express buses had 6% more boardings in Q1 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Average weekday boardings reached 58,659, a 7% increase compared to 2013. No major service changes took place during the quarter.
Sounder commuter rail boardings were up by 7%, with a 5% increase in average weekday boardings. Commuter boardings were up 11% on the North Line and 4% on the South Line.
Tacoma Link light rail boardings continued a downward trend, declining 8% compared with Q1 2013. Average weekday boardings were down 10%.
Central Link light rail showed the largest percentage increase of any mode, with total boardings up 15% and average weekday boardings up 13%.
Paratransit ridership continued to decline, dropping 8% overall, with a 10% decline in daily boardings. Paratransit represents less than 0.2% of total Sound Transit boardings.
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Ridership summaries by month