Sound Transit also noted that weekend ridership on Link is also strong, averaging 39,400 on Saturdays and 29,200 on Sundays—a 73-percent increase since last year. In February alone, 1.5 million people rode light rail—a 78-percent increase for the month compared to last year.
"The demand for light-rail service—during the work week and weekends—is proof that investments in its continued expansion is critically needed," said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. "Light-rail expansions now and in the future will provide a vital regional transit network that is essential to supporting population growth, jobs and a robust regional economy."
During the fourth quarter last year, the University of Washington and Capitol Hill stations accounted for 16,000 of 65,600 average weekday boardings on Link.