There were 12,058 new TAP entries at the Expo Line’s seven new stations on Monday, according to Metro. Metro is still evaluating Expo’s ridership data and we’ll have more soon, including the impact of the extension on Expo’s phase one stations.
Monday was the first regular weekday commute on the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica. There were mitigating circumstances: an alleged drunk driver crashed through a fence in the morning near the Expo/Crenshaw Station and blocked the tracks for two hours between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. That caused delays during the peak morning commute that may have caused some potential riders to commute by other means.
Preliminary numbers show that Downtown Santa Monica Station was easily the busiest of the new stations in terms of TAP entries recorded. Here are those numbers in order of the stations from east to west:
Palms: 1,016 TAP entries.
Westwood/Rancho Park: 661 TAP entries.
Expo/Sepulveda: 1,150 TAP entries.
Expo/Bundy: 1,376 TAP entries.
26th St/Bergamot: 853 TAP entries.
17th St/SMC: 1,020 TAP entries.
Downtown Santa Monica: 5,982 TAP entries.