~~~>Listen to a day of bus dispatch calls and it is amazing anybody is riding our crappy bus service.Service is infrequent, buses are late or not showing up at all, loads of non-air conditioned equipment. I wouldn't rely on this bus service if I had a choice.
Congratulations Trimet, you've done a very good job extolling your virtuous and wonderful light rail service, at least with your deceitful statistics.
The real deal:
The buses haul most of Trimet riders at 1,103,500 or 55%.
The green line hauled 51,500 trips or a measly 3% of all Trimet riders.
The WES hauled 8,100 trips or less than 1% of Trimet riders.
The WES and the GREEN LINE are headliners in the Trimet ministry of Propaganda news release. Will any media challenge it? NOPE!
I'll take it a step further for you.
WES ridership (weekly avg):
May 2010 - 6300
June 2010 - 6600 (+300 over May)
July 2010 - 6950 (+350 over June)
Rate of change from May to July 2010 = +650. Not too shabby.
May 2011 - 8200
June 2011 - 8100 (-300 from May)
July 2011 - 8100 (no change from June)
Rate of change from May to July 2011 = -100.
Doesn't look as great when you lay out the numbers that way, does it? I think WES ridership has flatlined at its peak...