It’s no surprise that a half-million or so Seahawks football fans caused record crowds on Seattle transit lines Feb. 5 for the post-Super Bowl parade and stadium party. After all, even on a normal day more commuters ride a bus, train or ferry downtown than drive alone.
But the actual figures took a few weeks to compile. Here’s a breakdown from the transit agencies:
- Sound Transit’s Link light rail from SeaTac to downtown carried 71,000 one-way passengers, compared to a typical 29,700 (as of December 2013), breaking the record of 51,000 when the initial Seattle-Tukwila corridor opened July 17, 2009.
- Sounder commuter trains carried 38,000 passengers, compared to a typical 10,900.
- ST Express buses carried 86,000 passengers, compared to a normal 52,400. That includes a boost of 30 percent on Sound Transit lines from Snohomish County that are operated by Community Transit. Community Transit also reports picking up an extra 2,000 riders its local routes, probably due to fans connecting with express buses.
- King County Metro Transit served 500,000 passengers, compared to 400,000 normally.
- Washington State Ferries earlier reported 40,000 people passing through Colman Dock, or 24,000 higher than a busy summer Wednesday.
As for the larger picture, Sound Transit reported Thursday that overall ridership grew 8 percent from 2013, compared to 2012. Metro reports that ridership averaged 390,500 boardings per day from January to November 2013, compared to 380,800 the year before, an increase of about 2.5 percent.