LACMTA Bus Ridership Update – August 2016 Edition

Six months have passed, so it’s time for another LACMTA bus ridership update. As always, we start with the raw data. Highlighted cells represent the top 10 months for that route (since January 2009).


Since the Expo Line to Santa Monica opened during this time, I thought it might be good to look at the monthly data in addition to 12-month rolling averages. Here are the weekday, Saturday, and Sunday raw data graphs.


Here are the weekday, Saturday, and Sunday 12-month rolling averages.


It’s impossible to say what the impact of the Expo Line is without polling riders; however, there is not a large change in the trend for any line except Wilshire. There is a seasonal drop in Wilshire ridership data during the summer, but it looks larger than normal this year. Looking at the Wilshire split data between routes 18, 20, and 720, it looks like there was a drop of a few thousand riders in 720 ridership after the Expo Line extension opened. The Expo Line would be a shorter ride from downtown LA to Santa Monica than route 720. Again, we cannot say if this is what happened without actually asking riders.


There’s not much else new to say, so we’ll keep it short. Lines that have seen slight decreases continue to decrease; those that are steady seemed to keep holding. The Silver Line continues to grow slowly.

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. This doesn’t necessarily mean increasing ridership on the rapid – it could be that both the rapid and local declined, but the rapid was more resilient.

That’s it for now; next up, Valley bus ridership.

6 thoughts on “LACMTA Bus Ridership Update – August 2016 Edition

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  2. ExpoRider

    It’s a stretch to read too much from a few data points, but I do see a definite trend for reduction in the share of Rapid Bus in all of the east-west bus corridors that parallel Expo (Wilshire, Santa Monica and Venice). It looks like the share of rapid bus riders on these routes went down by around 3 percent after Expo Phase 2 opened. This makes sense because Rapid bus riders are more likely than local bus riders to be making longer distance trips (just like light rail riders) and are therefore more likely to switch to Expo.

  3. transitzo


    I am also analyzing Wilshire ridership. How did you get 66k weekday boardings for Wilshire in August 2016? I see ~33k for 720 and ~15k for 20, totaling about 48k.


    1. transitzo

      Ah I dug up an older post. If you still include Line 18 as a part of “Wilshire”, then that 66k makes sense.


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