Sound Transit rail sees strong ridership growth

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 1:29pm
  • News

Ridership data from the first three quarters of 2017 has been released and shows a 12 percent increase over 2016.

According to a press release issued by Sound Transit, ridership has increased even more when compared to the first three quarters of 2016, up 26 percent.

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff said in the release this indicates that the additional 90 miles of rail, approved in the Sound Transit 3 package, will serve new communities well.

Through the third quarter of 2017, light rail service moved some 17.5 million riders, or an average of more than 72,000 rides each weekday.

The marked 26 percent year-to-date increase in growth reflects the University Link light rail station didn’t operate for the first quarter of 2016 and the Angle Lake station opened in September of 2016.

“Simultaneous work to expand north, south, east and west – will dramatically expand access to congestion-free light rail service, with new stations opening every few years,” the release said.

This includes new stations coming to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond’s Overlake neighborhood in 2023. A second station will be opening in Redmond’s downtown the following year.

Other improvements include the 2024 launch of bus rapid transit on I-405.

For more information, visit www.soundtransit.org.

More in News

Suspect arrested for DUI, nearly four times legal limit | Police blotter

The Redmond police blotter for Sept. 24 through 26, courtesy of the RPD blog.

Rape allegation against Sen. Joe Fain divides King County Council

In a recent interview, Councilmember Kathy Lambert blamed Fain’s accuser for the alleged rape. Then Lambert’s colleagues distanced themselves from her comments.

Aerotek, TEKsystems hold charity golf tournament

Aerotek and TEKsystems held its Wounded Warrior and Team Gleason Golf Tournament… Continue reading

‘Technologist and philanthropist’ Paul Allen dies at 65

The Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks owner died from cancer on Monday.

State Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

All nine justices found the use of capital punishment in Washington state unconstitutional and racially biased.

Redmond aims to make parks, trails more accessible

The city is developing an ADA transition plan, which may extend to all facilities.

Mayor John Marchione presented the 2019-20 preliminary biennial budget at Tuesday’s City Council meeting on Oct. 2.
Mayor presents $797 million preliminary biennial budget

Redmond Mayor John Marchione presented the 2019-20 preliminary biennial budget on Oct. 2.

Mayor John Marchione urged all residents to “speak out against domestic violence and support LifeWire’s efforts to prevent and end domestic abuse,” on Oct. 2. Photo courtesy of LifeWire.
Redmond mayor proclaims October as Domestic Violence Action Month

Andrew Farrell, a LifeWire board director, helps the city council proclaim Domestic Violence Action Month on Oct. 2.

Police recovered this stolen saw, among other expensive tools, when they arrested the suspected tool thief. Courtesy of the Redmond Police Department
Redmond’s Pro-Act team nabs tool thief in latest bust

The Redmond Police Department’s Pro-Act unit has been conducting crime investigations for 13 years.

Most Read