Quarterly Ridership Report

First Quarter 2018 - Jan. 1 - March 31, 2018

Total Sound Transit ridership increased by 3.1% during the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. ST Express and Tacoma Link boardings decreased slightly versus last year, while Sounder and Link saw healthy ridership growth. System-wide average weekday boardings increased by 3.3% compared to the first quarter of 2017.

ST Express bus ridership decreased slightly by 1.6% compared to the first quarter of 2017. Average weekday boardings came to 61,976, which was a slight 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 likely related to park-and-ride closures due to East Link construction, and accounts for the entire decline in ST Express ridership.

Sounder ridership and average weekday boardings increased by 8.3% and 8.7%, respectively. Average weekday boardings on the South line increased by 9.4% and ridership on the North line increased by 2.6%. Ridership growth on the South line was attributed to the two new round trips added in the September 2017 service change.

Tacoma Link ridership decreased slightly by 1.6%, or 4K, compared to the first quarter of 2017. Average weekday boardings increased marginally by 0.1% compared to the same quarter last year. The total ridership decline was related to lower weekend ridership during special events.

Link light rail ridership grew 6.4% compared to the first quarter of 2017. Average weekday boardings were 70,306, a 6.9% increase compared to the same period last year. As the region continues to grow, Link is perceived to be a better choice for commuting.

Paratransit ridership services increased by 9.1% for the first quarter of 2018. Paratransit service is provided along the Link corridor under contract with King County Metro.

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