Quarterly Ridership Report

Second Quarter 2016 - April 1 - June 30, 2016

Total Sound Transit ridership increased by 27% during the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Sounder and Link saw increases during the quarter, with Tacoma Link and Paratransit registering declines, and ST Express stayed essentially flat. System-wide average weekday boardings increased 26% compared to the second quarter in 2015.

ST Express bus ridership remained essentially flat (+0.4%) compared to the second quarter in 2015. However, average weekday boardings came to 65,805, which was 8% increase over the second quarter of 2015.

Sounder commuter rail ridership was up 13%, continuing its upward ridership trend. Similarly, average weekday boardings were 16,186, reflecting a 12% increase over the second quarter of 2015.

Tacoma Link ridership saw a decline of 6% compared to the same period of last year. Average weekday boardings stood at 3,227 for the second quarter of 2016, a 5% decrease compared to the same period of 2015. At the same time, however, Tacoma Link ridership was 2% over the YTD budget target in the second quarter of 2016.

Link light rail ridership showed strong growth during the second quarter, with a 77% increase compared to the same period of last year. The ridership growth was largely due to the opening of the University Link extension on March 19. In addition, the implementation of 6-minute peak frequencies on Link has helped drive ridership growth since last fall.

Paratransit ridership continued to decline, with a 1% drop for the second quarter of 2016. Paratransit service is provided along the Link corridor under contract with King County Metro. Changes in eligibility requirements have impacted paratransit ridership throughout the King County service area.

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