Chart of the day – 2030 Ridership, BRT and LRT

2030WeekdayRidershipToday’s chart compares forecasted ridership in 2030 on metro LRT lines and planned “small starts” projects (mostly arterial BRT lines).  It comes from a presentation given to the March 24, 2014 meeting of the Met Council’s Transportation Committee. Forecasting caveats apply. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

9 Responses to Chart of the day – 2030 Ridership, BRT and LRT

  1. Matt Steele
    Matt Steele April 10, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    Interesting to see Northstar and the Red Line left off.

    Also, it would be great to see a cost ratio for infrastructure and ridership. The result would probably be that we’d go all-in on aBRT and converting urban traffic lanes to bus only.

    • Al Davison
      Al Davison April 10, 2014 at 11:48 am #

      Can they just rename it to an express bus and save the “Red Line” signage for something else? Or at least integrate it with the planned American Blvd aBRT or downtown via 35W so it actually drops it’s riders off at their workplaces without transferring.

      • Joseph Totten
        Joseph Totten April 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

        There is an express bus, that runs down 35W and freeways to Cedar, then follows the Red Line’s route… it’s MVTA’s 477 bus. Even just repainting the buses as a “Red Line Express” will increase ridership heavily, score extra points on the ITDP scorecard for BRT, and bring the service to more people who might not take it for off peak currently because they are not entirely exposed to the Red Line for their weekday commutes.

    • Brendon Slotterback
      Brendon April 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

      A chart on cost is coming tomorrow!

    • Joseph Totten
      Joseph Totten April 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

      The saddest thing… the Red Line is included… it’s ridership projections are just that low.

  2. Anders Imboden
    Anders April 10, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    How fitting. The Red Line lives up to its name.

  3. Matt Steele
    Matt Steele April 10, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    It’s fascinating how there are multiple express routes in the South Metro, each serving one transit station, which have higher riderships than the Red Line across all stations.


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