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Ridership

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Metro’s ridership continued to grow, reaching a new all-time high of 122 million passenger trips in 2015. Nearly half of all households in the county (39%) have at least one Metro rider. All of the transit agencies in the region combined delivered 163 million trips in King County. That is an increase of 17.4% since 2010—evidence that public transportation is helping the region accommodate a growing population and keep traffic congestion in check.

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Metro continues to operate the largest publicly owned commuter van program in the nation. Steady growth in vanpool and vanshare boardings continued in 2015, extending the trend since 2010. Total boardings reached 3.6 million, about 4% higher than in 2014 and 33% above 2010. Our commuter van fleet also grew 6% in 2015, to nearly 1,500. The program helped the region use existing road space more efficiently by eliminating more than 54 million vehicle miles traveled; it also saved more than 2.4 million gallons of fuel.

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Access ridership decreased 10.2% in 2015, while the program still provided all of the trips requested by qualified applicants. This decline was partially due to the 1.4% ridership increase in the more cost-efficient CAT program and to continued instruction to help Access registrants use regular bus service, which also reduces costs.