Sound Transit trains, buses set more ridership records

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Steady growth fuels busiest second quarter ever with nearly nine million boardings

Sound Transit passengers set another ridership record during the second quarter of 2015, with 8.8 million boardings for the quarter -- the busiest second quarter in the agency’s history. Average weekday boardings on Sound Transit buses and trains hit 118,000 for the quarter, a 6 percent jump over 2014.

“Once again, Sound Transit’s strong ridership growth shows no slowdown in the demand for more transit throughout our region,” said Sound Transit Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine. 

The second quarter ridership estimates were presented to the Sound Transit Board in today’s meeting. Sounder ridership continued its impressive growth with average weekday boardings up 12 percent to the same period last year. 

The second quarter ridership increases were as follow:

  • Sounder commuter rail: 13,929 average weekday boardings and 913,299 boardings for the quarter (12 percent weekday increase from Q2 2014)
  • Link light rail (Seattle): 35,989 average weekday boardings and 2.9 million boardings for the quarter (7 percent weekday increase from Q2 2014)
  • ST Express regional buses: 64,589 average weekday boardings and 4.7 million boardings for the quarter (4 percent weekday increase from Q2 2014)
  • Tacoma Link light rail: 3,405 average weekday boardings and 253,497 boardings for the quarter  (1 percent increase from Q2 2014)

The monthly and quarterly ridership reports can be found at www.soundtransit.org/Ridership