Transit ridership increasing in Woodburn

Public transportation is important in all communities. Per the March 25 Woodburn City Council meeting, the following comparison of transit ridership statistics from calendar years 2011 to 2012 were comprised.

These are telling time periods to compare, since our service expansion was effective January 2012. That month, the City added the Salem route, which makes three mid-day loops between Woodburn and the main Chemeketa Community College campus each weekday. 

At the same time, we also expanded the fixed route service’s hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to 5:45 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Total ridership increased from 40,130 to 52,432, or 31 percent. Fixed route ridership increased from 31,127 to 42,373, or 36 percent.

Interestingly enough, the Dial-A-Ride participation declined by nearly 17 percent in 2012. That reduction might largely be the result of the fact that Dial-A-Ride fares increased from $3 per round trip to $5 in July 2011.

I thought these numbers would be of interested to the general public, given all of the changes coming to our Transit routes while construction on the I-5 Interchange Project spans the next four years.

 

2011 Calendar Year Ridership Statistics

 

Fixed Route

Dial-A-Ride

Volunteer Med

Total

Elderly

1,112

3,737

995

5,844

Disabled

141

3,674

597

4,412

Minority

23,935

N/A

N/A

23,935

Child (under 5)

4,061

N/A

N/A

4,061

Other

1,878

N/A

N/A

1,878

Total

31,127

7,411

1,592

40,130

 

2012 Calendar Year Ridership Statistics

 

Fixed Route

Dial-A-Ride

Volunteer Med

Salem

Total

Elderly

1,752

2,592

1,085

90

5,519

Disabled

201

3,574

708

103

4,586

Minority

26,625

N/A

N/A

652

27,277

Child (under 5)

10,148

N/A

N/A

169

10,317

Other

3,647

N/A

N/A

1,086

4,733

Total

42,373

6,166

1,793

2,100

52,432

 

 

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