METRO August ridership swings back up
PHOENIX — METRO light rail ridership totaled 882,328 boardings in August 2009 creating an average weekday ridership of 33,111, average Saturday ridership of 22,575 and average Sunday and holiday ridership of 14,823.
Ridership is again trending positive with the start of schools, particularly ASU, and return of the fall season. ASU began its fall semester on Monday, Aug. 24 and the impact to METRO ridership was immediate. Comparing to the Monday before ASU’s start (Aug. 17), METRO served an additional 7,000 passengers on Aug. 24.
After eight months of operation and completion of the system’s first summer cycle, METRO ridership remains above all projections.
32,518 Average Actual Ridership Jan – August
25.1% Above Projection
27,548 Average Actual Ridership Jan – August
32.4% Above Projection
19,333 Average Actual Ridership Jan – August
71.6% Above Projection
Source: Metro Light Rail