Sound Transit didn’t lose any momentum in the first quarter of 2014. The system as whole was up over 8%. ST Express boardings rose 7%, Sounder 5%, Central Link 13%, and Tacoma Link was down 10%.
While overall ST Express weekday ridership was up 7%, the restructured Snohomish county route group was up over 11%. The 560 was up 15% and the Bonney-Lake Sumner Sounder connector up 17%. Cost per boarding was $6.45, down from $6.64 in Q1 2013.
Sounder was up 5%, with the north line up 21%. However most of the north line’s bump was due to the Seahawks parade. Sounder’s cost per boarding dropped to $11.72, down from $12.85 in Q1 2013.
Central Link had 29,919 boardings per weekday in its customary winter lull. Cost per boarding was $5.90, down 12.9% from Q1 2013 ($6.77).
Tacoma Link was down 10% on weekdays. Cost per boarding was $4.42 up from $3.61 in Q1 2013.
In a week or so I will post some analysis of Cost per boarding.
Full report here. My charts below the fold.
[Eds] There was a transcription error in the above summary. As originally posted Sounder and ST Express costs per boarding were inaccurate. They are now correct.
First, ridership by quarter:
Now the 4 Quarter moving average:
Costs per boarding:
Cost per boarding moving average: