September 2017 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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September 2017 (Fiscal Year 2017) Ridership Summary

Monthly Total Ridership


​Average D​​aily Ridership

      This report reflects ridership results as of October 10, 2017

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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 4,953K boardings in September 2017 compared to 5,136K in September 2016, a decrease of 183K boardings (or 4 percent decrease) on local bus service. Hurricane Harvey brought a significant amount of rain and flooding throughout the METRO service area. The impacts of this natural disaster led to a suspension of service for all METRO services between Sunday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 30, 2017. METRO restored local bus service in a phased approach beginning on Thursday, August 31, 2017 and concluding on Monday, September 11, 2017. Additionally, there was one fewer weekday and one more Saturday in September 2017 compared to September 2016.

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday / Saturday / Sunday

Average daily ridership increased on Weekday, Saturday and Sunday in September 2017 compared to September 2016. Average Weekday ridership increased by 5K boardings (or 3 percent increase), average Saturday ridership increased by approximately 21K (or 17 percent increase), and average Sunday ridership increased by 11K boardings (or 11 percent increase) in September 2017. 

​Light Rail

Monthly Total

There were 1,528K boardings on all three light rail lines in September 2017 compared to 1,551K boardings in September 2016, a decrease of 22K boardings (or 1 percent). Green and Purple line ridership increased by 36 and 16 percent respectively, while Red line ridership decreased by 6 percent in September 2017 compared to September 2016. By September 2, 2017, all METRORail service had been restored. However, there were fewer special events and more service interruptions in September 2017 compared to September 2016. Additionally, there was one fewer weekday and one more Saturday in September 2017 compared to September 2016.

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday / Saturday / Sunday

Average Weekday, Saturday, and Sunday light rail ridership on all three lines increased by 4K, 3K, and 4K respectively (or 6 percent, 10 percent, and 19 percent respectively) in September 2017 compared to September 2016. Average Weekday ridership on the Red, Green, and Purple lines increased by 2 percent, 49 percent, and 30 percent respectively in September 2017 compared to September 2016. Average Saturday ridership on the Red, and Green lines increased by 7 percent and 54 percent while average Saturday ridership on the Purple line decreased by 2 percent respectively in September 2017 compared to September 2016. Average Sunday ridership on the Red, Green, and Purple lines increased by 13 percent, 54 percent, and 29 percent in September 2017 compared to September 2016.

Total Local Network

Monthly Total

There were 6,482K boardings in September 2017 compared to 6,887K in September 2016, a decrease of 205K boardings (or 3 percent decrease).

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday / Saturday / Sunday

Average Weekday, Saturday, and Sunday ridership increased by 9K, 24K, and 15K boardings respectively (or 3 percent, 15 percent, and 13 percent increase respectively) in September 2017 compared to September 2016.

​Commuter Network Overview

Park & Ride

Monthly Total

There were 613K Park and Ride boardings in September 2017 compared to 702K boardings in September 2016, a decrease of approximately 89K boardings (or 13 percent decrease). This decrease in total boardings is primarily due to the suspension of METRO Park & Ride services on Friday, September 1, 2017 and the change in calendar mix with one fewer weekday and one more Saturday in September 2017 compared to September 2016.

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday

Average Weekday ridership in September 2017 was 33K boardings compared to 33K boardings September 2016, a decrease of less than 1K boardings (or less than 1 percent decrease).

Entire Network Summary

Monthly Total

There were 7,096K boardings on the entire fixed-route network in September 2017 compared to 7,390K boardings in September 2016, a decrease of 294K boardings (or 4 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 fixed-route network increased on Weekday, Saturday, and Sunday in September 2017 compared to September 2016. Average weekday ridership increased by approximately 9K boardings (or 3 percent increase), average Saturday ridership increased by 24K boardings (or 17 percent increase), and average Sunday ridership increased by approximately 15K boardings (or 13 percent increase) in September 2017 compared to September 2016.

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Local Network: Local Bus​​

Service 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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