Effect of the economy: Less-crowded buses
Metro deputy general manager Jim Jacobson told the King County Council’s Regional Transportation Committee on Wednesday that the economy was having an effect on ridership. With so many people unemployed, fewer people are on the bus.
So we asked Metro spokeswoman Linda Thielke for the numbers, and indeed, bus ridership seems to be down about 5 percent from this time last year.
Here are the preliminary, average weekday boardings for each month on Metro’s scheduled motor bus and trolley bus service.
2006 2007 2008 2009 Change from 2008
Jan 332,462 350,231 375,245 378,290 0.8%
Feb 338,796 366,436 382,694 373,768 -2.3%
Mar 326,920 353,694 377,670 374,215 -0.9%
Apr 344,418 376,643 400,239 380,426 -5.0%
I’m wondering if bus riders are noticing more empty seats that used to be taken up by people heading to work.