The San Fernando Valley’s Orange Line Busway set an all-time record in March for weekday and Saturday ridership, Board of Supervisors Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky announced today.
Metro’s (formerly MTA) newly released figures show that last month there were 23,243 daily weekday boardings, topping March 2006 ridership a year earlier by more than 27%, and
breaking its previous record set in May 2006 by 6.5%. The March numbers also represent an 8% increase over February’s ridership. Saturday boardings also set a new record at 13,529, representing an increase of more than 25% compared to March 2006. Overall Orange Line boardings for March 2007 rose to 619,875 compared to 498,023 in March 2006—a 24% increase.
Built on a former railroad right of way, the Orange Line guided busway has proven to be one of the most successful lines of its kind in the entire country. Its meteoric success continues to amaze Metro transit planners, who initially projected an average weekday ridership of 17,000 by 2009, rising gradually to 22,000 weekday boardings by the year 2020.
Yaroslavsky, who long championed the project and overcame community skepticism and political opposition to win funding and see it through to completion, Orange Line Record noted with pride that the Orange Line has already exceeded its 2020 ridership projections in less than 18 months of operation.
Metro currently operates 28 peak period buses (up from 23 when the project first opened in October, 2006) that run every four minutes.
Visit http://mta.net/projects_programs/orangeline/ for full Orange Line schedule and route information.