The December 2011 METRO light rail ridership numbers finished with 998,991 boardings marking just the third time in 2011 that “ridership” fell below the one million mark. Overall, another pretty impressive year for growth with 4.3% gains over 2010 boardings.
December’s averages show lower weekday and weekend traffic from the previous month. Of course, a lot of that decline can probably be from ASU students being gone for winter break.
December 2011 ridership numbers look like this:
Total Boardings for December: 998,991 vs 1,075,956 in November:
Avg. Weekday Boardings: 35,379 vs 42,451 in November:
Avg Saturday Boardings: 30,473 vs 30,672 in November:
Avg Sunday / Holiday Boardings: 17,070 vs 20,956 in November:
The light rail ridership numbers from December of 2010 show 959,340 which is 4.1% less than this months totals.
Overall, METRO had 13.2 million boardings in 2011. Not too shabby.
*source of numbers: METRO light rail*