TriMet’s commuter rail reaches record ridership

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WES ridership jumps 10.3 percent during summer quarter; Systemwide ridership down for the quarter

WES Commuter Rail ridership set a record this past quarter with weekly ridership jumping 10.3 percent compared to 2012. WES averaged 1,930 rides per weekday during the summer quarter (June through August). Additionally, weekend bus ridership saw minor gains.

Systemwide, ridership dropped 5 percent to roughly 24.6 million rides in the last quarter. Weekday bus ridership was down 3.5 percent to approximately 181,000 per day, and MAX ridership was down 7.4 percent to approximately 123,100 rides per weekday, compared to the same period in 2012.

The drop in MAX ridership is mostly attributed to the elimination of the Free Rail Zone. For the last year, TriMet has been comparing ridership numbers to a time when the Free Rail Zone was still in effect. The agency predicted a decline in ridership due to the elimination of this fareless zone and recent annual ridership numbers nearly matched agency projections.

TriMet will be interested to see what ridership data will yield for the fall quarter as it will be the first apples-to-apples ridership comparison since the elimination of the Free Rail Zone in 2012.

TriMet ticketing app to make boarding even easier
With the new TriMet Tickets mobile app, avoid a trip to buy your ticket or gather extra change for the ride. Just download the free app for iPhone and Android smartphones, by going to your app store. Register your account, enter your credit/debit card information into the secure system and you can buy your ticket anywhere, at anytime and its right there on your phone. No paper ticket to keep track of and no extra steps to the ticket vending machine. You can buy and use tickets for multiple people on just one phone. Check out our FAQ at trimet.org/mobiletickets for instructions and other information.

Plan ahead
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.

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.