Here are the real figures:
Bus: Weekly trips were up 1.5 percent to 1,163,300
MAX: Weekly trips were up 0.7 percent to 756,100
WES: Weekly trips were up 17.4 percent to 8,100
So sorry to burst your bubble, TriMet, but BUS is actually leading the way. How much ridership did WES have in the past few months? December had only 7,250 riders, November had 8,000 riders, October had 8,450 riders which TriMet boasted as ‘a new record high’ for WES, telling us that WES ridership probably won’t increase all that much, if at all, anymore. Oh, and September weekly WES ridership? Only 8,150 riders. 50 riders more than January. WES ridership has plateaued—it is clear to anybody who doesn’t let themselves get blinded by TriMet’s phony propaganda.
And a little tip, TriMet? Maybe is WES ran more than just weekday rush hour, say all day and on weekends, you might have more ridership? You shot
yourself in the foot with that move.
It'd be nice if we at least had one media outlet who reported the truth rather than just what TriMet wants everybody to see. The Boregonian is one of the worst culprits: