​​​​​​October 2016 Monthly Ridership Report​

Ridership Summary | Executive Summary | Local Bus | Red Routes | Blue Routes | Green Routes | Other Routes |
Community Connector | Light Rail | Park & Ride

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October​​ 2016 (Fiscal Year 2017) Ridership Summary

Monthly Total Ridership​

​Average D​​aily Ridership

This report reflects ridership results as of November 18​, 2016​

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​Executive Summary​

Ridership Factors This Month

The above table serves as a snapshot of the typical factors that impact ridership, and illustrates the differences which exist between the current month and the same month in the previous year.  If a change occurred, it is categorized to represent a (typically) positive, negative or neutral impact on ridership.   More details on the observed impacts are noted in the description of ridership results below. 

​Local Network Overview

Local Bus

Monthly Total

There were 5,185K boardings in October 2016 compared to 5,401K in October 2015, a decrease of -215K boardings (or 4 percent decrease) on local bus service. An unfavorable calendar mix of one fewer weekday and one more Sunday relative to the previous year contributed to ridership loss.

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday / Saturday / Sunday

Average daily ridership decreased on Weekday and Saturday. Weekday average daily ridership decreased by -10K boardings (or 5 percent decrease), Saturday average daily ridership decreased by -3K boardings (or 2 percent decrease) in October 2016 compared to 2015. One year after implementation of the New Bus Network, ridership growth continues on Sunday. Average daily ridership increased by +2K boardings (or 2 percent increase).

​Light Rail

Monthly Total

There were 1,543K boardings on all three light rail lines in October 2016, compared to 1,643K boardings in October 2015, a decrease of -100K boardings (or 6 percent decrease). Red line ridership was down 8% over October 2015 while Purple line ridership increased by 19% relative to the previous year. Green line ridership increased by a modest two percent over October 2015. The continued economic downturn in the Houston area and an unfavorable calendar mix of one fewer weekday and one more Sunday relative to the previous year contributed to the ridership loss.

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday / Saturday / Sunday

Average daily ridership on Weekday decreased in October 2016 compared to October 2015 while average daily Saturday and Sunday ridership both increased over the previous year. Weekday average daily ridership decreased by -5K boardings (or 8 percent decrease). Saturday average daily ridership increased by +2K boardings (or 7 percent increase) while Sunday average daily ridership increased modestly by +0K boardings (less than one percent increase) over October 2015. The decline in average Weekday ridership is the result of the ridership decline year-to-year on the Red line as both the Green and Purple lines increased over the previous year.

Total Local Network

Monthly Total

There were 6,728K boardings in October 2016 compared to 7,043K in October 2015, a decrease of -315K boardings (or 4 percent decrease).

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday / Saturday / Sunday

Average daily ridership decreased on Weekday and Saturday, with Sunday increased on total local network in October 2016 compared to 2015. Weekday average daily ridership decreased by -15K boardings (or 6 percent decrease), Saturday average daily ridership decreased by -0K boardings (or approximately 1 percent decrease), and Sunday average daily ridership increased by +1K (or 2 percent increase).

​Commuter Network Overview

Park & Ride

Monthly Total

There were 650K Park & Ride boardings in October 2016 compared to 780K boardings in October 2015, a decrease of -130K boardings (or 17 percent decrease).

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday

Average weekday ridership in October 2016 was 31K boardings compared to 35K boardings October 2015 a decrease of -4K boardings (or 13 percent decrease). According to the most recent Origin-Destination Survey, more than 94% of all Park and Ride trips are work-based trips. The increase in unemployment is a major contributor to the decrease in ridership.

Entire Network Summary

Monthly Total

There were 7,378K boardings on the entire fixed-route network in October 2016 compared to 7,824K in October 2015, a decrease of -445K boardings (or 6 percent decrease). Relevant factors were noted earlier and are included in the table above.

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday / Saturday / Sunday

Average daily ridership for the entire fixed-route network increased on Sunday, with Weekday and Saturday showing a decreased. Weekday daily ridership decreased by -20K boardings (or 7 percent decrease), Saturday daily ridership decreased by -0K boardings (or approximately 1 percent decrease), and Sunday daily ridership increased by +2K (or 2 percent increase).

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Local Network: Local Bus​​

Service Map

NBN System Map

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​Red Routes (15 Minute Off-Peak Service)

Average Daily Ridership & Performance Indicators

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​Blue Routes (20 - 30 Minute Off-Peak Service)

Average Daily Ridership & Performance Indicators

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Green Routes (60 Minute Off-Peak Service)

Average Daily Ridership & Performance Indicators

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Other Routes

Average Weekday Ridership & Performance Indicators

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​Community Connector

Average Daily Ridership & Performance Indicators

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​Local Network: Light Rail Service Map

Rail system map

Local Network: Light Rail

Average Daily Ridership

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Commuter Network: Park & Ride Service Map

Park and Ride Service Map

​Commuter Network: Park & Ride

Average Weekday Ridership & Performance Indicators

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