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Sound Transit's rail routes logged record ridership in 2015


Last year, average weekday boardings on Sound Transit's Sounder commuter trains jumped to 14,600, marking a 15 percent increase over 2014's level.

The total number of Sounder boardings for 2015 came in at 3.8 million, representing a 13 percent year-over-year increase, Sound Transit officials said in a press release.

In addition, annual boardings on Link light-rail trains increased 7 percent to 11.7 million. The number of average weekday boardings on the Link system reached 35,573, an 8 percent increase compared with 2014’s total.

The annual ridership figures marked all-time records for the agency, Sound Transit officials said.

In 2015, there were a total of 34.9 million boardings on the agency's commuter trains, light-rail trains and buses.

"We continue to set new records for ridership by providing fast, reliable alternatives to driving," said Sound Transit Board Chair Dow Constantine. "More people than ever in our region are choosing transit to get to their destination."

The agency's full 2015 annual ridership report can be found here.