Another three months has passed, so it’s time for another LACMTA bus ridership update.
First, the raw data. Highlighted cells represent the top 10 months for that route (since January 2009).
Here are the 12-month rolling averages.
Here’s the Saturday and Sunday rolling 12-month averages.
Saturday and Sunday ridership largely reflects the weekday trends.
Unfortunately, most lines have continued to see slight decreases in ridership. The exception is the Silver Line, where ridership continues to grow. There’s also been a leveling off of ridership on Vermont and Western, so maybe things will start to turn around.
Lastly, here’s the percentage of trips on each arterial being served by the rapid route.
The share of riders served by the rapid routes continues to slowly rise on most corridors. Again, I wouldn’t read too much into the spikes in Venice and Santa Monica data, because they were caused by large drops in local route ridership on those streets. However, it is interesting that the rapid routes were more resilient to ridership changes – the ridership losses came disproportionately from local routes.
As always, it’s hard to say what’s causing ridership changes. Possibilities include the improving economy making cars more affordable, cheaper gas, and Metro’s recent fare increase.
Next up, Valley bus ridership, and then Metrolink.