Riding is beautiful!
These maps show average weekday ridership numbers from fiscal year 2012 (that’s July 2011 through June 2012).
The first bubble map shows where Metro Rail passengers are boarding trains that are headed into downtown Los Angeles, the county’s number one job center.
The second bubble map shows where passengers are exiting Metro Rail from those same trains headed downtown. As would be expected, most are traveling to a destination downtown. But not all of them! There also seems to be many people taking the Green Line to Norwalk, the Red Line to Hollywood and the Gold Line to East Los Angeles, home to both East Los Angeles College and the East L.A. Civic Center.
It’s interesting to see the most popular stations as people flow through:
•The Red Line has an impressive number of people that travel from the Valley to Hollywood and do not go all the way downtown.
•The Blue Line ridership is more evenly distributed over several stops than I would expect. Not everyone is traveling all the way to downtown Los Angeles from Long Beach.
•Gold Line passengers enter from farther out stations in Highland Park and Pasadena and the first few stations just outside of downtown do not collect as many passengers.
•Expo Line numbers were not available for the same time period because the line opened at the tail end of that fiscal year. It will be interesting to see how ridership patterns change as the system expands!
Do these patterns surprise you? Tell us what you think!
As a reference point, here are the average daily boardings (weekdays) at the line level for the same time period.
Fiscal Year 2012 (July 2011-June 2012) –Average Daily Boardings
Red Line 113,395
Purple Line 38,396
Green Line 43,402
Gold Line 41,078
Blue Line 82,212
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