I’m sure most of you are familiar with these charts by now; if not, check out this post. After the jump, what I see in the data, along with a map of the route.
- Ridership is solid at all times between Seattle Center and Group Health — the oldest part of the route — although a strong commute pattern from Capitol Hill to SLU and points west is evident. This is the only section with good night ridership.
- Ridership is also strong between Mount Baker Station and Rainier Beach Station, except at night. Stops near stations — particularly Mount Baker — stand out as particularly busy, as do the stops at Graham St.
- On-off activity through the Central District and Madison Valley is weak, except at the stops around the commercial district centered on 23rd & Yesler, where the 8 deviates from MLK…
- …but, average passenger loads stay pretty solid throughout the same section, except at night, suggesting that many riders are using the 8 as a one-seat ride from the Rainier Valley to Capitol Hill and points west; basically, a very slow 9, but with a much better level of service.
- Loads are greatest in the middle of the day throughout the route, except during the eastbound PM peak between SLU and Capitol Hill, a pattern we’ve not seen before in previous ridership pattern posts. I suspect this is because the 8 is the first route we’ve considered that doesn’t serve downtown — it primarily connects neighborhoods.
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