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Sound Transit logged rail ridership increase in 2018


Sound transit logged more than 48 million riders in 2018, a gain of nearly 3 percent year over year, agency officials said. 

Despite a decline in ST Express bus service ridership — and Tacoma Link ridership numbers being negatively affected by the closure of the Tacoma Dome for renovations last summer — Sound Transit posted ridership increases for its light- and commuter-rail services compared with 2017 figures.

The Link light-rail service registered an increase of 30,079 riders in December 2018 compared with December 2017’s level, while the Sounder commuter-rail service was up 950 riders year over year.

"Our steady ridership growth further confirms the urgency of the light-rail, commuter-rail and bus rapid transit expansions our region’s voters approved," said Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer Peter Rogoff in a press release. "These gains benefit all commuters and will keep coming as more people seize the opportunity to escape congestion and as light rail reaches Northgate in 2021, the Eastside in 2023, and Lynnwood and Federal Way in 2024." 

To view the downloadable ridership data report, click here.

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