The parlor game of watching Central Link ridership continues. Although month-to-month figures are victims of small sample sizes, seasonal variations, and so on, the Times reports weekday boardings are up to 15,965, up from 14,639 in a holiday-filled December. That’s just over 1% short of the all-time monthly high of 16,192, achieved last October in a traditionally high month for transit.
The figure is over 10% short of Ben’s prediction from last month of 18,000. It’s also over 20% short of a years-old projection of 21,000 riders by the end of 2009, although we don’t actually know what assumptions went into that figure; it presumably didn’t foresee 10% unemployment. [UPDATE: This July press release suggests 15,900 by the end of the year, which is right on. I still don't have a document that says "21,000" at my fingertips.]