Quarterly Ridership Report

First Quarter 2016 - January 1 - March 31, 2016

Total Sound Transit ridership increased by 10% during the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. ST Express, Sounder, and Link saw increases during the quarter, with Tacoma Link and Paratransit registering declines. System-wide average weekday boardings increased 9% compared the first quarter in 2015.

ST Express bus ridership remained relatively constant compared to the first quarter in 2015, registering a 1% increase in ridership. Average weekday boardings came to 62,509, for a 3% increase over the first quarter of 2015.

Sounder commuter rail ridership was up 15%, registering over one million boardings in a quarter for the first time since service began. Similarly, average weekday boardings reached 16,292, for a 15% increase over the first quarter of 2015, and set an all-time quarterly record.

Tacoma Link ridership saw a decline of 5% compared to the same period last year. Average weekday boardings stood at 3,355 for the first quarter of 2016, a 6% decrease compared to the same period of 2015. At the same time, however, Tacoma Link ridership was 6% over the YTD budget target in the first quarter of 2016.

Link light rail ridership showed strong growth during the first quarter, with a 27% increase compared to the same period 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 12% drop for the first 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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