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Quarterly Ridership Report

Second Quarter 2018 - April 1 - June 30, 2018

Total Sound Transit ridership increased by 2.9% during the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. ST Express and Tacoma Link boardings decreased versus last year, while Sounder and Link saw healthy ridership growth. System-wide average weekday boardings increased by 2.4% compared to the second quarter of 2017.

ST Express bus ridership decreased slightly by 1.2% compared to the second quarter of 2017. Average weekday boardings came to 64,600, which was a 1.5% decrease versus the same quarter of 2017. Average weekday boardings of Sound Transit's busiest routes, Route 545 (Redmond-Seattle) and Route 550 (Bellevue-Seattle), decreased compared to last year. This decline was partially due to park-and-ride closures for East Link construction.

Sounder ridership and average weekday boardings increased by 5.1% and 5.0%, respectively. Average weekday boardings on the South line increased by 5.8%, mainly due to the two new round trips added in the September 2017 service change.

Tacoma Link ridership decreased by 9.0%, compared to the second quarter of 2017. Average weekday boardings decreased by 7.8% compared to the same quarter last year. The total ridership decline was related to fewer special events and the temporary closure of 200 parking stalls at Tacoma Dome Station for renovation work started in June.

Link light rail ridership grew 6.2% compared to the second quarter of 2017. Average weekday boardings were 77,576, a 5.4% increase compared to the same period last year. As the region continues to grow, Link is perceived to be a good choice for commuting.

Paratransit ridership services increased by 7.5% for the second quarter of 2018. Paratransit service is provided along the Link corridor under contract with King County Metro. 

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