September ridership for Metro buses and trains; Expo Line carrying more than 20,000 per average weekday

Here’s the latest Metro ridership estimates for September 2012. The Blue Line and Orange Line set ridership records in September while the new Expo Line went north of 20,000 average weekday boardings for the first time. Bus ridership is slightly up over the past two Septembers.

Bus Ridership Estimates

Bus – Directly Operated

Sep. 2012 Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 1,136,819 1,129,920 1,111,510
Average Saturday Boardings 736,160 738,461 730,017
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 548,019 541,698 534,317
Total Calendar Month Boardings 28,568,475 29,390,654 28,933,363

Directly operated bus ridership includes Orange and Silver Line ridership.

Bus – Contract

Sep. 2012 Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 48,755 46,248 46,392
Average Saturday Boardings 26,968 24,557 24,555
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 20,212 18,796 18,895
Total Calendar Month Boardings 1,182,449 1,163,413 1,166,932

 

Bus – Systemwide

Sep. 2012 Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 1,185,574 1,176,168 1,157,902
Average Saturday Boardings 763,128 763,018 754,572
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 568,231 560,494 553,212
Total Calendar Month Boardings 29,750,924 30,554,067 30,100,295

Directly operated bus ridership includes Orange and Silver Line ridership.

Orange Line

Sep. 2012 Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 31,787 26,883 25,052
Average Saturday Boardings 18,542 15,327 14,125
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 13,717 11,521 10,306
Total Calendar Month Boardings 778,965 683,456 634,122

Silver Line

Sep. 2012 Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 12,197 10,414 7,741
Average Saturday Boardings 4,757 3,852 2,788
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 3,109 2,454 2,018
Total Calendar Month Boardings 274,182 246,372 183,803

Rail Ridership Estimates

Red/Purple Line

Sep. 2012 Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 155,940 152,706 148,214
Average Saturday Boardings 91,739 96,760 100,936
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 81,113 76,175 81,065
Total Calendar Month Boardings 3,908,229 3,974,747 3,921,561

 

Blue Line

Sep. 2012 Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 92,120 83,385 82,542
Average Saturday Boardings 66,900 58,990 52,018
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 59,554 48,791 49,006
Total Calendar Month Boardings 2,442,106 2,230,998 2,186,484

Blue Line estimates do not include Expo boardings.

Expo Line

Sep. 2012
Average Weekday Boardings 20,656
Average Saturday Boardings 12,953
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 12,142
Total Calendar Month Boardings 530,070

 

Green Line

Sep. 2012 Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 46,393 44,831 42,273
Average Saturday Boardings 28,889 23,040 24,171
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 17,122 18,313 18,303
Total Calendar Month Boardings 1,128,647 1,125,183 1,075,925

 

Gold Line

Sep. 2012 Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 41,987 37,938 35,649
Average Saturday Boardings 23,115 24,050 24,195
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 16,835 18,959 19,507
Total Calendar Month Boardings 1,014,343 987,691 942,949

 

Rail Systemwide Ridership Estimates

Sep. 2012 Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 357,096 318,861 308,678
Average Saturday Boardings 223,595 202,840 201,319
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 186,766 162,238 167,881
Total Calendar Month Boardings 9,023,394 8,318,619 8,126,920

Includes Expo Line ridership.

Systemwide Ridership Estimates

Sep. 2012 Sep. 2011 Sep. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 1,542,669 1,495,029 1,466,580
Average Saturday Boardings 986,724 965,857 955,891
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 754,997 722,731 721,093
Total Calendar Month Boardings 38,774,318 38,872,686 38,227,215

6 replies

  1. It may seem like ridership is down when you look at the monthly comparison between 2012 and 2011, but, examining calendar month statistics is always a bit tricky. Sept 2012 was a month with 10 weekend days and 20 weekdays. Sept 2011 had 8 weekend days and 22 weekdays. The average weekly ridership is a better measure. The weekly ridership (5 times weekday + Saturday + Sunday) is up to 9,455,000 in 2012 from 9,164,000 in 2011.

  2. It’s nice to see that Expo passed the 20,000 rider plateau so soon. I’m surprised that Saturday ridership isn’t higher, given that USC had two Saturday football games in September, and Metro announced 8,000 people used Expo to get to the games, which equates to 16,000 extra riders on each of those Saturdays (assuming each rider makes two trips).

  3. I was surprised to see that the monthly ridership total went down from 2011 to 2012 (from 38.87M to 38.77M), then I realized that there were five full weekends in September this year, so ridership for each individual day is actually up this year.

  4. I am hoping these outrageous gas prices will keep ridership rising. I have taken the subway in LA since I moved here in 2001 and every time gas prices have soared so have the number of people taking public transportation. However, each time it happens and the gas prices return to a more acceptable level I have noticed not everybody goes back to there car. Perhaps its because they realized taking public transportation in Los Angeles is possible and how fun it can be (when taking it out to socialize). As much as an outcast as it will make me by saying this, I look forward to high gas prices as I think it is going to take a painful scenario to pull people out of their cars. Anybody else interested in trying to promote public transport in LA, please visit my organization, Riding Green, at http://www.ridinggreenla.com. Any comments and support are always welcomed, especially in the form of liking Riding Green on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/greenridersla

  5. Cody,

    OTOH, Metro’s stupid fare structures also dissuade others from taking public transit. Metro is not for everybody. For anything under 10 miles, it’s still cheaper to drive. If anything, more people are also seeking other transportation means like motorcycling and scooter riding. Cost per mile, they get way better deal than taking public transit.