October 2018 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 2018 (Fiscal Year 2019) Ridership Summary

Monthly Total Ridership

​Average D​​aily Ridership

      This report reflects ridership results as of November 7, 2018

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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 5,514K boardings in October 2018 compared to 5,547K in October 2017, a decrease of 33K boardings (or less than 1 percent) on local bus service. There was a positive calendar mix of one more weekday and one fewer Sunday in October 2018 compared to October 2017, so a ridership increase would be expected. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, METRO offered free fares for students during September and October 2017. With no corresponding free fare program in October 2018, a ridership decrease would be expected. Additionally, there were four weather days in October 2018 compared to one day in October 2017 a ridership decrease would be expected.

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday / Saturday / Sunday

Average daily ridership decreased on Weekday and Saturday but increased on Sunday in October 2018 compared to October 2017. Average Weekday ridership decreased by 4K boardings (or 2 percent), average Saturday ridership decreased by 2K boardings (or 1 percent) and average Sunday ridership increased by approximately 1K (or 1 percent), in October 2018 compared to October 2017.

​Light Rail

Monthly Total

There were 1,738K boardings on all three light rail lines in October 2018 compared to 1,775K boardings in October 2017, a decrease of 37K boardings (or 2 percent). Red line ridership decreased by 4 percent, Green line ridership decreased by 2 percent, and Purple line ridership increased by 6 percent in October 2018 compared to October 2017. Factors contributing to the decrease on light rail were two days of service interruptions and four weather days relative to no service interruptions and only one weather day. Additionally, there were 3 fewer Houston Astros playoff / World Series games and 2 fewer Houston Astros watch parties in October 2018 compared to October 2017.

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday / Saturday / Sunday

Average Weekday ridership on the Red, Green, and Purple lines decreased by more than 1K boardings (or 2 percent), increased by less than 1K boardings (or 11 percent) and increased by 1K boardings (or 10 percent) respectively in October 2018 compared to October 2017. Average Saturday ridership on Red line decreased by less than 1K boardings (or less than 1 percent), while Saturday ridership on the Green line increased by less than 1K boardings (or 13 percent). Due to special events, there were no true “average” Saturdays on the Purple line in October 2017. As a result, there was no average Saturday on the Purple line in October 2017 with which to compare. Average Sunday ridership on Red line increased by more than 2K (or 13 percent) while average Sunday ridership on the Green increased by less than 1K boardings (or 10 percent) and increased by less than 1K boardings (or 8 percent) in October 2018 compared to October 2017 respectively.

Total Local Network

Monthly Total

There were 7,252K boardings in October 2018 compared to 7,322K in October 2017, a decrease of approximately 70K boardings (or 1 percent).

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday / Saturday / Sunday

Average local network decreased on Weekday, but Saturday and Sunday increased in October 2018 compared to October 2017. Average Weekday ridership decreased by approximately 3K boardings (or 1 percent), average Saturday ridership increased by approximately 4K boardings (or 2 percent) and average Sunday ridership increased by 3K boardings (or 3 percent) in October 2018 compared to October 2017. (See note on average Saturday ridership on Purple rail line).

​Commuter Network Overview

Park & Ride

Monthly Total

There were 714K Park and Ride boardings in October 2018 compared to approximately 723K boardings in October 2017, a decrease of 9K boardings (or 1 percent). 

Average Daily Ridership: Weekday

Average Weekday ridership in October 2018 was approximately 31K boardings compared to approximately 33K boardings October 2017, a decrease of 2K boardings (or 6 percent).

Entire Network Summary

Monthly Total

There were 7,967K boardings on the entire fixed-route network in October 2018 compared to 8,046K boardings in October 2017, a decrease of 79K boardings (or 1 percent). 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 decreased Weekday, but an increase on Saturday and Sunday in October 2018 compared to October 2017. Average weekday ridership decreased by 5K boardings (or 2 percent), average Saturday ridership increased by approximately 4K boardings (or 2 percent) and average Sunday ridership increased by 3K (or 3 percent) in October 2018 compared to October 2017. (See note on average Saturday ridership on Purple rail line).

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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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