Auckland Transports public transport ridership numbers for May are out and and they continue to show impressive growth. This was helped in part by there being an extra working day in the month compared to May-16. – and a lot more than there were in April (only 17 working days).
Here are the headline numbers for May
- Total – 8.72m (+11.1%)
- Rapid Transit – 2.48m (+18.1%)
- Train – 1.98m (+18.5%)
- Busway – 501k (+16.6%)
- Other buses – 5.74m (+9.0%)
- Ferry – 487k (+3.0%)
For rail, the result was the second strongest we’ve seen with just under 2 million trips, only surpassed by the result from March. As expected it also saw us reach another milestone, 19 million trips within a year and put us well on the way to hitting the 20 million mark in the next few months. As a reminder we were at 10 million trips just four years ago.
If 2017 conforms to trends over the last few years we should also see strong growth continue. AT’s indicators report includes a look at the average number of weekday boardings – although it doesn’t yet include May’s numbers. As you can see, it shows that March provides a peak then the rest of the year follows along slightly lower. So far that looks like that pattern is going to repeat.
Within a similar timeframe for rail to hit 20 million trips, we’re also going to see the bus reach the 5 million mark.