Quarterly Ridership Report
Third Quarter 2013 - July 1 - September 30
Total Sound Transit passenger boardings increased by 10% during the third quarter of 2013 compared with the same quarter of 2012. Weekday system boardings averaged 105,266, a 9% increase. Ridership was up on all modes except for paratransit and Tacoma Link, which experienced minor declines. There were no major service disruptions during the quarter.
ST Express bus boardings mirrored the system-wide ridership growth, increasing by 10% for the quarter. Total bus ridership set a new quarterly record of 4,328,959 boardings. Average weekday boardings were just under 59,000, an increase of 9% over 2012. Strong growth in weekend ridership contributed to the large increase in overall boarding totals.
Sounder commuter rail ridership was up 10% overall for the quarter. Weekday boardings averaged 11,594, also a 10% increase. Total North Line ridership was down less than 1% due to fewer special event train boardings; however, commuter ridership was up 3%, an encouraging sign. South Line ridership was up 12% overall.
Tacoma Link light rail ridership was down 1% compared with Q3 2012, and average weekday boardings decreased by 3% to 3,080.
Central Link had a strong quarter with a 10% increase overall. Weekday boardings averaged 31,653, a 9% increase compared with Q3 2012. Like ST Express, Central Link experienced heavy weekend ridership growth compared with Q3 2012, and this helped to increase overall boarding totals.
Paratransit boardings were down by less than 1% compared with Q3 2012.
Ridership summaries by month