Sound Transit saw a 89 percent jump in light rail ridership one year after U Link opens

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Light rail train
Since light rail began serving Capitol Hill and the University of Washington, average ridership on Link grew to 65,100 people each weekday.

One year ago Sunday, Sound Transit launched light rail service to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium, contributing to an 89 percent growth in average weekday ridership on Link from February 2016 to February 2017.

Weekend ridership on Link has also been strong, averaging 39,400 on Saturdays and 29,200 on Sundays—a 73 percent jump to last year.

In February alone, 1.5 million people rode light rail — a 78 percent increase for the month compared to February last year.

"I can't think of a better way to mark U Link's first birthday than by celebrating the dramatic growth in ridership since light rail service began serving Capitol Hill and UW last March," said Board Chair and Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. 
"As we expand light rail to other communities, thousands more will soon enjoy the ease and comfort of riding Link."

"The demand for light rail service — during the work week and weekends — is proof that investments in its continued expansion is critically needed," said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.

"Light rail expansions now and in the future will provide a vital regional transit network that is essential to supporting population growth, jobs and a robust regional economy."

During the fourth quarter last year, the UW and Capitol Hill stations accounted for 16,000 of 65,600 average weekday boardings on Link.

More ridership information can be found here.

Sound Transit will be running trains to the Sounders' opening game on Sunday.


Dan March 18, 2017 at 7:27 AM  

The best way to ensure high ridership is to build large parking garages at every station. Shoreline is a dispersed community, where people will need to use their personal vehicles to travel the last mile. If Sound Transit cheaps out and does not build a large enough garage, people will be frustrated from getting to the train station in the first place.

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