Light rail ridership soars in second quarter on Sound Transit

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SEATTLE — Ridership reports from Sound Transit’s second quarter show that the extension of light rail service to the University of Washington campus has helped significantly boost ridership. During the second quarter, weekday boardings on the Link light rail system increased by 76 percent compared to 2015.

The second quarter marked the first full quarter to compare ridership numbers before and after the agency opened its University Link line in March. The extension of light rail service to the university added two new stations on Capitol Hill and at the University of Washington.

According to the statistics, more than half of the new Link ridership growth came from the two new stations. The Link service also averaged more than 63,500 weekdays riderships from April to June and had its single biggest day of ridership on April 8 with more than 82,300 boardings.

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