WES ridership up 4.9%; system ridership down compared to last year
TriMet bus and rail operators provided more than 25 million rides during the spring 2013 quarter. Compared to a year ago, overall ridership declined for March, April and May. TriMet had experienced a notable increase in ridership during April/May 2012 due to a large spike in gas prices.
This year, the average weekly ridership was down overall 4.6 percent. MAX weekly trips were down 8 percent and bus weekly trips were down 2.3 percent. Much of the decrease is attributed to the elimination of the Free Rail Zone, an increase in fare enforcement efforts, and the cost of fuel at roughly $.33 per gallon lower than this time last year.
WES ridership continues to grow across the board with weekday and weekly trips up 4.8 percent, and quarterly trips up 4.9 percent.
All figures below are for spring 2013 and are compared with spring 2012.
Bus, MAX & WES
• Quarterly trips were down 4.5 percent to 25,448,550
• Weekly trips were down 4.6 percent to 1,981,350
• Weekday trips were down 4 percent to 320,450
• Weekend trips were down 7.4 percent to 343,200
• Quarterly trips were down 2.3 percent to 15,349,500
• Weekly trips were down 2.3 percent to 1,174,300
• Weekday trips were down 2.4 percent to 196,600
• Weekend trips were down 2.1 percent to 191,300
• Quarterly trips were down 7.8 percent to 9,985,000
• Weekly trips were down 8.0 percent to 762,400
• Weekday trips were down 6.5 percent to 122,100
• Weekend trips were down 13.3 percent to 151,900
• Quarterly trips were up 4.9 percent to 114,050
• Weekly trips were up 4.8 percent to 8,750
• Weekday were up 4.8 percent to 1,750
New ticketing app to make boarding even easier
TriMet and GlobeSherpa are preparing for the August launch of the TriMet Tickets app, a free smartphone app for riders to conveniently and easily buy and use fares. You simply download the free app, enter your credit or debit card information into the secure system and then buy and use the fares with just a few taps of the screen. The highly anticipated app will provide another outlet for ticket purchase in addition to retail outlets, fare boxes on buses and ticket vending machines at MAX/WES stations.
In addition to buying and using fares, the mobile app provides easy access to TriMet’s online trip planning tool, TransitTracker, maps and schedules. And, it has a cool TriMet logo safety light to help alert bus operators at night.