[UPDATE: Niles has the full ridership breakdown. Saturday was slightly down from September, Sunday boardings were flat.]
The Times mentioned Friday that October’s weekday ridership was 16,200. That’s quite a bit up from September (14,852) and probably reflects a full month of many bus routes being rerouted to serve Link (as well as the 42 being eliminated).
Standard disclaimers: monthly numbers suffer from small sample size problems (not every train is measured), seasonal variations, distortions from special events or lack thereof, and economic impacts. And so on. More importantly, Central Link is a decades-long project and the real question — was it worth it — won’t be answered definitively for decades.
The target is 21,000 by the end of the year.