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Sound Transit ramped up ridership in 2012

Sound Transit's total ridership on all services rose 12 percent last year to a little more than 28 million boardings compared with 2011, the agency reported yesterday.

Fourth-quarter ridership also rose 12 percent on a year-over-year basis, Sound Transit officials said in a prepared statement.

Aside from mudslide-related train cancellations on the Sounder North Line in December, there were no major service disruptions during the quarter, they said.

Sounder commuter-rail boardings were up 11 percent for the quarter, despite the mudslide disruption. Total 2012 Sounder ridership grew 11 percent to 2.8 million boardings.

Tacoma Link light-rail boardings fell by 3 percent in 4Q, the first quarterly decline since second-quarter 2010, Sound Transit officials said. However, total 2012 ridership climbed 5 percent to more than 1 million boardings.

Central Link light-rail boardings rose 11 percent in the quarter, while total ridership in 2012 also increased 11 percent to 8.7 million boardings.

The combined year-end totals of rail, bus and paratransit ridership "easily exceeded" the agency's budget and Service Implementation Plan ridership targets for 2012, Sound Transit officials said.

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