Fall 2012: TriMet provided more than 25 million trips


Bus/WES ridership up; MAX ridership down

TriMet provided more than 25 million trips on buses, MAX and WES commuter rail during the fall 2012 quarter. This results in a reduction of 16 million car trips in the region during this period from September through November.

Overall, the fall quarter ridership is down 1.1 percent compared to the same period last year. The decline was expected, since fares increased, the Free Rail Zone was eliminated and there were some service cuts in September to close a $12 million budget gap. The shortfall was mostly driven by unsustainable union health care benefits.

“We had to make tough budget choices to cut service and raise fares to offset health care costs required by our union contract, and despite those changes, our ridership figures demonstrate how important transit is to our region,” said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane.

All figures below are for fall 2012 and are compared with fall 2011.

Bus, MAX & WES

  • Quarterly trips were down 1.1 percent to 25,125,570
  • Weekly trips were down 1.3 percent to 1,956,200
  • Weekday trips were down 1.4 percent to 323,580
  • Weekend trips were down 1.1 percent  to 338,300
  • Rush-hour trips were down 1.5 percent to 103,380


  • Quarterly trips were up 2.9 percent to 15,350,500
  • Weekly trips were up 2.7 percent to 1,196,600
  • Weekday trips were up 2.3 percent to 200,700
  • Weekend trips were up 4.9 percent to 193,100
  • Rush-hour trips were up 1.2 percent to 64,900


  • Quarterly trips were down 7 percent to 9,662,600
  • Weekly trips were down 7.2 percent to 750,700
  • Weekday trips were down 7 percent to 121,100
  • Weekend trips were down 8 percent to 145,200
  • Rush-hour trips were down 6.4 percent to 36,700


  • Quarterly trips were up 8.9 percent to 112,470
  • Weekday/rush-hour trips were up 8.5 percent to 1,780
  • Weekly trips were up 8.5 percent to 8,900

Plan ahead

TriMet’s online trip planner makes it easy to plan a trip, with information on travel and walk times, transfers and cost. Visit trimet.org, m.trimet.org for smartphones.