Thanks to alert reader Reyes Ojeda, we have the latest Community Transit System Performance Report, which has tons of route ridership and park-and-ride utilization data.
Year-on-year boardings on the bus system were down 7.6% on a 21.6% decline in revenue hours, a consequence of cutting the least productive service. The format of this report reveals that CT is thinking clearly about what it is trying to achieve with its bus service.
In addition to vanpools and paratransit, bus service is split into five classes: Bus Rapid Transit (Swift), corridor service, local feeders, suburban/rural lifeline service, and commuter buses. Swift blows all the other routes away with an average of 4,144 weekday and 2,486 Saturday routers, but it’s actually its shadow, the 101, that is most productive per revenue hour.
CT’s giant park and rides along I-5 and I-405 are well utilized, much more so than those on the lesser corridors. In general, the smaller ones are also proportionally emptier. Having Sound Transit Express service is a good indicator of attracting a ton of cars, or perhaps ST goes where the parking is:
2011 bus cost per rider is at $7.33, down slightly from 2010.