Sound Transit’s second quarter ridership report out, which covers all of its services, is out. Sounder and Express Bus ridership is basically flat since 2Q 2009; Tacoma Link is way down; but the system’s overall ridership is up 47% because of the opening of Central Link, which now carries over half as many riders as the entire ST Express bus system.
On the other hand, all of ST’s modes aren’t meeting productivity targets set in the 2010 budget over the first half of the year. And ST is still using a pretty bizarre definition of reliability for Link, one that it’s failing with a miserable 77% on-time rate. The report points out that by a much more sensible headway-based metric (+/- three minutes) the performance was over 90%, not in my view good enough for rail, but much better than the headline number. See the 1st Quarter report for discussion of these reliability numbers.