Thousands of Angelenos were out and about this past weekend, many heading out for the Festival of Books, CicLAvia, Grand Prix of Long Beach – or all three! Ridership for the weekend jumped about 18% on rail compared to the numbers the prior weekend. There was an increase of more than 49,000 rail boardings on Sunday alone. The biggest increase was on the Expo Line, which was expected considering its stations at USC and Culver City and its connection to the Blue Line at 7th/Metro. Ridership on Expo was up 85% over the previous weekend.
Bus ridership dipped by about 3.5% in comparison to April 13 – 14, which isn’t unusual and was probably due to the numerous bus detours in place for the large outdoor events.
Overall, service ran smoothly with no major delays during the events. This isn’t to say there weren’t a few hiccups – bike crowding was an issue, and that’s something Metro will look to address as CicLAvia continues to grow in size and popularity.