TriMet rush hour ridership up 2.1 percent

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Quarterly ridership trending in positive direction with agency providing more than 23 million rides during the winter quarter

News headlines earlier this week centered on transit ridership growing across the nation but not in Portland. TriMet ridership’s slight decline was due to the end of the Free Rail Zone, the introduction of a new fare structure, a 2012 fare increase, greater fare enforcement and less service due to cuts during the great recession.

However, winter quarterly numbers just-in show encouraging signs. MAX weekly ridership was up 1 percent and rush hour ridership was up 2.1 percent across bus, MAX and WES. TriMet bus and rail operators provided 23.4 million rides during December, January and February. Compared to a year ago, overall ridership gained half a percent with weekly ridership remaining flat.

This is the first time since mid 2012 that overall weekly ridership has not declined. Ridership, especially on MAX declined during the 2012/2013 fiscal year, however this roughly 3 percent decrease in ridership (FY12-FY13) nearly matched agency projections.

WES Commuter Rail has had double digit growth throughout the past year, with ridership up 18.4 percent during Dec-Feb quarter, and between Sept-Nov. 2013, ridership grew 17.4%. Overall, system-wide weekday ridership was up however we did see a dip in weekend trips.

Bus, MAX & WES

  • Quarterly trips were up 0.5 percent to 23,441,030
  • Weekly trips were flat 0.0 percent at 1,844,250
  • Weekday trips were up 0.3 percent to 306,430
  • Weekend trips were down 1.5 percent to 312,100
  • Peak trips were up 2.1 percent to 98,930

Bus

  • Quarterly trips were down 0.1 percent to 14,544,200
  • Weekly trips were down 0.7 percent to 1,144,600
  • Weekday trips were down 0.3 percent to 192,700
  • Weekend trips were down 2.9 percent to 181,100
  • Peak trips were up 2.1 percent to 62,800

MAX

  • Quarterly trips were up 1.3 percent to 8,775,000
  • Weekly trips were up 1.0 percent to 690,000
  • Weekday trips were up 1.1 percent to 111,800
  • Weekend trips were down 0.5 percent to 131,000
  • Peak trips were up 1.2 percent to 19,900

WES

  • Quarterly trips were up 20.2 percent to 121,830
  • Weekly trips were up 18.4 percent to 9,650
  • Weekday were up 18.4 percent to 1,930

Added service – 10 bus lines now running at 15 minutes or better during midday

Earlier this month, TriMet added $3.1 million worth of service on 10 of the 12 Frequent Service bus lines. Frequent Service restoration has been a top priority for TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane and this change brought 10 bus lines to 15 minute or better weekday service. Visit new.trimet.org for more on the recent service additions.

The $3.1 million in service restoration is on top of $2.1 million in improvements made in September 2013 to 20 bus lines and the addition of a new bus line between Sherwood and Tigard to better serve Washington County.

TriMet Tickets app makes riding even easier

If you haven’t already, give the TriMet Tickets app a try! It’s free for iPhone or Android users and easy to use. Download it, set up your account, register your credit/debit card into the secure system and get ready to ride paper-free!

You can easily purchase tickets and passes anywhere, anytime, and use them right on your phone. Please make sure you validate or launch your ticket before entering a fare-only platform and before boarding your bus or train. To give your app time to bring the ticket up, launch the ticket when you see your bus or train approaching. You are required to show a fare when riding TriMet so make sure you are ready, and make sure your phone’s battery won’t run out during your ride.

Learn more about this innovative mobile ticketing app
TriMet partnered with local software developer GlobeSherpa to create the app, the first to be used in the U.S. for riding both buses and trains. Learn more information about the TriMet Tickets app at trimet.org/mobiletickets.