TriMet WES rail marks 5th anniversary, sees ridership climb

Posted on February 5, 2014

Courtesy Thomas Le Ngo via flickr
Courtesy Thomas Le Ngo via flickr

Portland, Ore.-based TriMet’s WES Commuter Rail is celebrating its fifth anniversary with more people climbing on board than ever before.  

Since the line opened on Feb. 2, 2009, riders have taken more than 1.9 million trips on WES. Ridership has climbed each year reaching more than 476,000 in 2013.

WES is the state’s first commuter rail line and the nation’s first suburb-to-suburb commuter rail service, according to TriMet. On-time performance is 99%.

Average weekday ridership has increased by nearly double digits each year since WES began running.

In the last six months of 2013, ridership was up nearly 16% over the last half of 2012.

As part of TriMet’s focus on continuous safety improvements, work will be done on the WES system in the coming years to meet updated federal safety requirements.

The safety systems currently in place on WES — an automatic train control system and a centralized traffic control system — already meet many requirements of the new regulations. TriMet and Portland & Western Railroad, which owns the tracks and operates the WES trains, have worked with the FRA to define the needed upgrades to the existing train control system.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

FRA taking proactive approach to help railroads meet PTC requirement

At the direction of Secretary Elaine L. Chao, the FRA is taking a proactive approach to ensure railroads acquire, install, test, and fully implement certified PTC systems in time to meet the congressional interim deadline of Dec. 31, 2018.

Despite federal uncertainty, N.C. light rail project optimistic about funding

Half of the Durham-Orange light rail’s cost — totaling over a billion dollars — is expected to come from the federal government.

Las Vegas Monorail unveils Google Pay mobile ticketing

The Monorail now offers riders the ability to quickly and easily purchase fares online and use their phone at the fare gates for immediate transit access to everything along the Las Vegas Strip.

Charlotte Area Transit launches LYNX Blue Line extension

The 9.3-mile extension, coined the Blue Line Extension (BLE) during construction, continues the alignment north from the previous terminus stop at 7th Street Station and now culminates at UNC Charlotte’s main campus.

Protran Technology names new director of sales

Kyley Holmstrom brings over 20 years of experience in senior management and sales, engineering operations, and purchasing in the rail industry, to the position.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close