Update: Two clarifications: This data is per-train, and based only on weekday ridership.
I’ve had a number of requests to “do one of your charts for Link”, and so I’ve worked with the folks at Sound Transit to assemble the required data, and here’s the result. STB has presented similar data before, but this is more recent and more detailed. What I see in the data, after the jump.
- Central Link is a very commuter-oriented service. This isn’t surprising given the mostly-residential land-use patterns that prevail in Mid-Beacon Hill, on MLK in the Rainier Valley, and in Tukwila and Seatac.
- Lots of people ride the line from end to end, although, of course, from this data we can’t separate out airport workers, travelers, and people who transfer to or from RapidRide (who will switch to S 200th St once that’s built).
- The only station which bucks the commuter pattern is Mount Baker — there’s some commercial land there, along with transfers to the 8, 9X and 48 — and the all-day averages show a balance of ons and offs in both directions.
- SODO and Stadium are pretty lightly-used.
I was secretly hoping that this visualization would reveal some previously-hidden facet of Link’s ridership patterns, but it’s basically what I expected from riding Link and knowing the areas of the city that it serves.