Quarterly Ridership Report

First Quarter 2017 - Jan. 1 - March 31, 2017

Total Sound Transit ridership ridership increased by 25.1% during the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. All modes, with the exception of Tacoma Link saw increases during the quarter. System-wide average weekday boardings increased 24.3% compared to the first quarter of 2016. The first quarter of 2016 and 2017 had the same number of weekdays.

ST Express bus ridership increased by 0.7% compared to the first quarter of 2016. Average weekday boardings came to 63,027 which was a 0.8% increase over the first quarter of 2016. This ridership growth was tempered by low fuel prices, which tend to depress bus ridership.

Sounder ridership increased by 1.2% and average weekday boardings increased slightly by 0.7% compared to the same time last year. Ridership on the South line increased by 0.7%, or 7K, and ridership on the North line increased by 5.6%, or 5K. Ridership growth on the South line is attributed to the new Sounder mid-day trains which were implemented in the September 2016 service change.

Tacoma Link ridership decreased 2.3% compared to the first quarter of 2016. Ridership was impacted by several snow days and coincides with declines also seen by Pierce Transit. Average weekday boardings stood at 3,232 for the first quarter of 2017, a decrease of 2.3% compared to the same period of 2016.

Link light rail ridership continued its strong growth during the first quarter, with a 72% increase compared to the same period last year. Average weekday boardings were 66,187, a 72.5% increase compared to the first quarter of 2016. The continued increase in ridership and average weekday boardings is largely attributed to the two service expansions in 2016.

Paratransit ridership services increased by 30.8% for the first quarter of 2017. 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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