TriMet ridership up across the board; Grand Floral Parade ridership sees increase

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Spring quarterly ridership continues positive trend with more than 26 million rides in three months

Ridership is on the rise on TriMet. We saw ridership gains on all modes during the spring quarter, which followed encouraging winter ridership numbers. Bus ridership was at the forefront with a 5.5 percent increase in weekly trips over the year prior, and frequent service bus routes saw an 8.2 percent jump. Peak ridership was up 7.8 percent on bus and up 5.5 percent systemwide.

This is the first quarter reflecting the increase in service on our Frequent Service bus lines. In March, all 12 of TriMet’s Frequent Service bus lines met the 15-minute weekday midday standards for the first time since the recession led to cutbacks. The Line 4-Division/Fessenden also saw Frequent Service restored on weekday evenings and all day on Saturdays. Riders continue to respond positively to the increase in service.

Grand Floral ridership up 23 percent over a typical Saturday
The 2014 Grand Floral Parade brought spectators out in mass. TriMet ridership was up compared to the past two years and was 23 percent higher than a typical Saturday load. MAX ridership was up 42.7 percent. Overall, TriMet carried more than 255,000 passengers on parade day. We also saw a big increase in ridership on the Starlight Parade day, up 30 percent over a typical Saturday at 271,000 rides.

Spring 2014 quarterly ridership numbers

Bus, MAX & WES

  • Quarterly trips were up 3 percent to 26,135,000
  • Weekly trips were up 3.6 percent at 2,008,400
  • Weekday trips were up 3.9 percent to 331,520
  • Weekend trips were up 2.2 percent to 305,800
  • Peak trips were up 5.5 percent to 105,120

Bus

  • Quarterly trips were up 4.9 percent to 16,101,700
  • Weekly trips were up 5.5 percent to 1,239,200
  • Weekday trips were up 5.9 percent to 208,200
  • Weekend trips were up 3.6 percent to 198,200
  • Peak trips were up 7.8 percent to 66,700

MAX

  • Quarterly trips were flat at 9,903,800
  • Weekly trips were up 0.4 percent to 759,100
  • Weekday trips were up 0.4 percent to 121,300
  • Weekend trips were up 0.5 percent to 152,600
  • Peak trips were up 1.1 percent to 36,400

WES

  • Quarterly trips were up 13.5 percent to 129,500
  • Weekly trips were up 15.4 percent to 10,100
  • Weekday were up 15.4 percent to 2,020

More transit service for riders in fiscal year 2015 budget
TriMet will invest $3.6 million to add more trips into the evening so that all Frequent Service bus lines and all MAX lines will have 15 minute or better service later into the evening on weekdays. The 12 Frequent Service bus lines with improved evening service will be: 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 33, 54/56, 57 and 75. Line 72 already has 15 minute service until 9 p.m.

Additionally, MAX Green Line will have 15 minute or better service into the evening hours, matching the current service on the Blue, Red and Yellow lines.

TriMet will also invest $3.4 million to improve other bus service including adding trips to 12 lines to relieve overcrowding and make rides more comfortable on the lines 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 20, 33, 44, 76, 85, 94 and 99. We will also be adjusting schedules on three lines to give them more predictable arrival times. Line 71 will see improvements this summer with Lines 20 and 72 improvements coming later in the budget year.

We are hiring!
TriMet is hiring new bus operators to meet growing service expansions, including the opening of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, and to provide the service improvements listed above. If you are interested please visit: trimet.org/careers