Quarterly Ridership Report

Second Quarter 2017 - April 1 - June 30, 2017

Total Sound Transit ridership increased by 6.8% during the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. All modes, with the exception of ST Express saw increases during the quarter. System-wide average weekday boardings increased 7.1% compared to the second quarter of 2016. The second quarter of 2016 and 2017 had the same number of weekdays.

ST Express bus ridership decreased slightly by 0.6% compared to the second quarter of 2016. Average weekday boardings came to 65,583 which was a 0.3% decrease over the second quarter of 2016. Ridership growth has been tempered by low fuel prices, which tend to depress bus ridership.

Sounder ridership and average weekday boardings increased slightly compared to the same time last year by 1.6% and 2.7%, respectively. Ridership on the South line increased by 2.7%, or 26K, and ridership on the North line decreased by 7.4%, or 9K. 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 increased 8.4%, or 20K, compared to the second quarter of 2016. Average weekday boardings increased by 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Ridership growth is attributed to an increase in special event service.

Link light rail ridership continued its strong growth during the second quarter, with a 14.5% increase compared to the same period last year. Average weekday boardings were 73,907, a 16% increase compared to the second quarter of 2016. It's important to note that Q2 2016 is the first full quarter that includes University Link ridership data. The continued increase in ridership and average weekday boardings is attributed to the two service expansions in 2016 and the surrounding communities acclimating to the system.

Paratransit ridership services increased by 29.4% for the second 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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