Quarterly Ridership Report

Third Quarter 2017 - July 1 - Sept. 30, 2017

Total Sound Transit ridership increased by 6.5% during the third 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 by 6.4% compared to the third quarter of 2016. The third quarter of 2017 had one less weekday than 2016.

ST Express bus ridership decreased slightly by 0.6% compared to the third quarter of 2016. Average weekday boardings came to 65,549, which was a slight decrease over the same quarter of 2016. Ridership growth has been tempered by low fuel prices, which tends to depress bus ridership.

Sounder ridership and average weekday boardings increased slightly compared to the same time last year by 2.7% and 5.7%, respectively. Average weekday boardings on the South line increased by 6.4% and ridership on the North line decreased marginally by 0.2%. Ridership growth on the South line is attributed to the new Sounder mid-day trains that were implemented in the September 2016 service change.

Tacoma Link ridership increased 3.2%, or 7K, compared to the third quarter of 2016. Average weekday boardings increased by 0.2% 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 third quarter, with a 13.5% increase compared to the same period last year. Average weekday boardings were 76,821, a 13.5% increase compared to the third quarter of 2016. The Angle Lake extension opened the last weekend of the third quarter in 2016. The continued increase in ridership and average weekday boardings is attributed to the two service expansions in 2016 as well as the addition of the Angle Lake Garage with more than 1,100 parking stalls. The region has enthusiastically adopted Link as a convenient transportation choice.

Paratransit ridership services increased by 18.4% for the third 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 in 2016 and additional customers requesting access to the Link system.

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