Link Light Rail just celebrated their one year anniversary! In their first year there was an estimated 6 million riders, travelling a total of 43 million passenger miles. The average rider trip length was 7.1 miles, and the light rail train travelled 1.2 million miles!! Approximate ridership each weekday was 23,400 riders.
High ridership is especially important during Link's first year as a dip in the economy caused transit ridership to drop about 4% last year. The Central Link line is only a portion of the 55 miles that will make up the finished light rail. A 3.1-mile underground extension from downtown Seattle north to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington is under construction and will open in 2016.
Voters have also approved extensions to Northgate, Lynnwood, Bellevue, Redmond, Mercer Island and northern Federal Way scheduled to open by 2023. Keep riding the light rail and supporting transit!