TriMet ridership increases in January

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Double-digit increase continues on WES as it marks 3 years in service

In January there were more than 8.2 million trips taken on TriMet buses, MAX and WES Commuter Rail, up 1.3 percent compared to the same month last year. Rush hour trips have now increased for 11 consecutive months, up 1.6 percent.

WES continued its double-digit increase for 20 straight months, up 17.4 percent. Since opening in February 2009, ridership has increased 37 percent and WES has provided more than one million rides.

“WES ridership continues to increase and has now reached a significant milestone,” said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. “As the state’s first commuter rail line, its popularity continues to grow.”

WES by the numbers

  • Total number of trips since opening on Feb. 2, 2009 – 1,040,782
  • 37 percent increase in weekday trips in 3 years
  • Double-digit ridership growth for the past 20 months
  • For the last 12 months average weekday trips up 20 percent – 1,590

All figures below are compared with January 2011:

Bus, MAX & WES

  • Weekly trips were up 1.3 percent to 1,927,500
  • Weekday trips were up 1.8 percent to 323,920
  • Weekend trips were down 1.3 percent  to 307,900
  • Rush-hour trips were up 1.6 percent to 105,220

Bus

  • Weekly trips were up 1.5 percent to 1,163,300
  • Weekday trips were up 1.5 percent to 197,600
  • Weekend trips were up 1.7 percent to 175,300
  • Rush-hour trips were up 0.3 percent to 65,200

MAX

  • Weekly trips were up 0.7 percent to 756,100
  • Weekday trips were up 2.0 percent to 124,700
  • Weekend trips were down 5.1 percent to 132,600
  • Rush-hour trips were up 3.2 percent to 38,400

MAX Green Line

  • Weekday trips were up 7.9 percent to 23,200
  • Weekend trips were down 0.9 percent to 23,200

WES

  • Weekday/rush-hour trips were up 17.4 percent to 1,620
  • Weekly trips were up 17.4 percent to 8,100

Trip tools – TransitTracker

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Plan your trip online

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