Annual ridership numbers nearly match agency projections
TriMet provided more than 99 million rides during Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013). TriMet’s ridership nearly matched agency projections.
Compared with the same period in 2012, total annual ridership fell three percent or roughly three million rides. WES Commuter Rail saw a near 5.5 percent jump in ridership between 2012 and 2013, with 418,090 rides provided. Bus ridership stayed constant at just under 60 million rides. And, MAX trips were down 7.4 percent, to just more than 39 million rides. The agency projected this decline due in part to the end of the Free Rail Zone.
Other factors contributing to the decline in ridership include the introduction of the new fare structure, increase in fare enforcement efforts and a steadying out of gas prices after a spike in the spring 2012 led to record ridership in FY12.
New ticketing app to make boarding even easier
TriMet and GlobeSherpa will soon announce the 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.