Another quarter, another strong showing of growth, with Link in the double digits. The system as whole was up 7%. ST Express boardings rose 4%, Sounder 5%, Central Link 14%, and Tacoma Link was down 4%. Year to date (this being the last quarter) the system as whole was up 8%. ST Express boardings were up 8%, Sounder 8%, Central Link 11%, and Tacoma Link was down 2%.
While overall ST Express weekday ridership was up 5%, Snohomish county routes took a hit. This could be due to the 510/512/513 restructure, although CT adding 30 additional commuter trips a day likely had a large effect. While the 566 saw it’s service hours cut, riders moved the 560 and new 567 so overall ridership in the 167 corridor was up. In general East King and Pierce County routes had the highest gains. Cost per boarding was $6.70, up 6.3% from Q4 2012.
Sounder experienced strong weekday growth at 7% but lower event ridership on the weekends brought down the overall ridership to 5%. Sounder’s cost per boarding dropped to $12.34, down 12.7% from Q4 2012.
Central Link had 29,360 boardings per weekday in its customary winter lull. Cost per boarding was $5.44, down 20.4% from Q4 2012.
My charts below the fold.
First, ridership by quarter:
Now the 4 Quarter moving average:
Costs per boarding:
Cost per boarding moving average: