June 17, 2013

Despite new lines, Utah ridership down

SALT LAKE CITY — Following $1.2 billion worth of new rail lines in the past year, the Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) ridership has dropped — or remained flat, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The number of UTA passengers in the first four months of this year — compared to the first four months of 2012 — decreased by 12,840, a 0.09% dip out of a total 14.7 million passengers, according to data provided to The Salt Lake Tribune. The numbers include not only riders on buses and trains, but also on paratransit and rideshare van service. For the full story, click here.

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  • Bill A[ June 18th, 2013 @ 8:21am ]

    2012 was a leap year, so there was one fewer day in year-to-date 2013. A better measure of actual perofrmance would be average weekday ridership.

  • iaroboss[ June 19th, 2013 @ 1:31am ]

    That comment about not pushing riders to a mode with a higher subsidy shows no grasp of finance! Suppose you have a train with 100 passengers paying $1 each, and it costs $200 to run. Subsidy/passenger is $1, right? Now double the number of passengers: that doubles the income and subsidy/passenger = $0.

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