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Eric: I think some of what you see in the commute numbers is that the Seattle region’s system is geared more towards commute trips (lots of commuter rail and express buses coming in from the outer suburbs), while we try to provide high quality service across the region throughout the day and week to meet the needs of the 80% of non-commute trips made by households on average.
For that reason, we think it’s important to assess ridership across all trip types normalized against the service district’s population (“service district population” is an FTA defined figure based on population within the district boundaries and proximity to transit service). Both of these data points are available from the FTA’s National Transit Database, which is the data we use for our peer comparisons.
For the 2009 Report Year, TriMet’s per capita ridership is 73 boarding rides per service district resident, while King County Metro’s is 61 and the combined ridership for King County Metro and Sound Transit normalized against the larger regional (Sound Transit) service district population is 50 boarding rides.
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