Here’s a cool chart shared on Twitter by a researcher at the Manhattan Institute, showing expected v. actual ridership numbers for different light rail lines around the country.
I am one of the people that always assumes transit planners low-ball the ridership predictions, so that they can announce (often right away) that the new transit line is exceeding expectations. But while that always happens in the Twin cities, apparently that’s not always the case around the rest of the country (e.g. Denver, San Jose). It’s nice to see that MSP light rail is at top of the heap, just behind Seattle, when it comes to national rail transit performance.