Record setting transit use grows faster than population

Transit use has grown twice as fast as population in the last five years, topping 179 million riders in 2015.

[caption id="attachment_8679" align="alignleft" width="300"]photo of Rapid Ride bus Since 2010, total transit boardings have increased approximately 12 percent while population grew about 5.6 percent.[/caption]

Last year there were 1.7 million more annual boardings on buses, light rail, street cars and commuter rail compared to 2014, a year that had previously set an all-time record for transit ridership.

There were almost 5 million more boardings on light rail transit in the region in 2015 compared to 2010, a 59 percent increase. Light rail ridership has been increasing by about 1 million boardings per year since 2010.

Commuter rail service between Everett and Lakewood to Seattle has also experienced strong ridership growth since 2010, up approximately 70 percent in the past 5 years.

This increase tracks closely with the amount of service that has been added since 2010. The ridership continues to be strongest on the Sounder South Service between Lakewood and Seattle.

To learn more, check out our latest Puget Sound Trend.  In March we will have the first look at transit data from 2016.