Quarterly Ridership Report

Fourth Quarter 2016 - Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016

Total Sound Transit ridership increased by 27.5% during the fourthquarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Link and paratransit saw increases during the quarter and ST Express and Sounder remained essentially flat. System-wide average weekday boardings increased 27.9% compared to the fourth quarter in 2015. There was one fewer weekday in the quarter compared to the prior year.

ST Express bus ridership decreased marginally by 0.5% compared to the fourth quarter in 2015. Average weekday boardings came to 62,595 which was a 1.1% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015. This ridership growth was tempered by low fuel prices, which tend to depress bus ridership.

Sounder average weekday boardings experienced a 3.1% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015; commute ridership on the South line increased by 2.1%; and YTD ridership increased 8.1% over 2015. Ridership growth on the South line is attributed to the new Sounder mid-day trains which were implemented in the September service change.

Tacoma Link ridership decreased 2.4% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. Decreased ridership coincides with declines in Pierce Transit service in Pierce County. Average weekday boardings stood at 3,235 for the fourth quarter of 2016, a decrease of 4.0% compared to the same period of 2015.

Link light rail ridership continued its strong growth during the fourth quarter, with a 83.8% increase compared to the same period last year. Ridership growth is largely attributed to the expansion of service to new stations at Capitol Hill, University of Washington, and Angle Lake. Average weekday boardings were 66,203, an 89% increase compared to the fourth quarter of last year.

Paratransit ridership services increasedby19.1% for the fourth 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 opening of the Link extensions and additional customers requesting access to the Link system.

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