More good news from Cap Metro. August 2018 was its biggest year-over-year ridership increase since….since who the hell knows. A very long time ago. The next best month in recent memory was July 2018 (5.9%). The last substantial year-over-year increase came in February 2016 (4.1%).
Again, it looks like we’re holding steady on weekday fixed routes and seeing big increases in weekend ridership and MetroRapid ridership.
As I explained before, this appears to be very good news for Cap Metro, but I can’t guarantee that it is. I don’t tend to think that the free rides for AISD students that Cap Metro implemented in May has had a major impact on ridership (they were only paying 75¢ a ride anyway). I am more inclined to think that the redesigned routes implemented in June may have led to more transfers, which leads to an increased number of total boardings even if the total number of riders stays the same (or even declines).
What we need from Cap Metro, and I will be requesting as soon as I finish this post, are figures on fare revenue.
Dan Keshet has provided some really interesting analysis and graphs that show ridership trends over the past few years. Check it out.