It feels like it’s taken a while but we’ve finally got the ridership results for September and they’re looking positive despite there being one less working day than September 2017. Overall, ridership was up 4.8% on September last year but once normalised for things like working days and events, it actually represents an 8% increase. Here’s a quick summary of the results for the month and a few other key highlights I’ve noticed,
- Overall we’re just a few trips shy of 94 million.
- Ridership on the rail network has been relatively flat this year but is showing some (slow) signs of improvement.
- Ferries are starting to show some good growth again, which is good to see.
- Given these results are up to 30-September there is no numbers yet on how the North Shore network is performing.
As mentioned, we’re at about 94 million trips annually at the moment. Getting to 100 million is likely still over a year away but definitely on the horizon now.
Of course 100 million trips isn’t quite the same now as it used to be thanks to the introduction of the new network and simplified fares. The good news is they’ve now started counting journeys too. As a comparison, AT say we’ve had $81.1m journeys so about a 16% difference.
What we do have though is the results for each of the new network areas, except the North seeing as it didn’t even roll out till the 30th September.
The south has shown good growth since rolling out back in October-2016
The east went live back at the end of last year and is so far tracking along nicely.
The west too is seeing strong growth
We have the Central chart but there’s not a lot of noticeable change yet which may reflect that the changes for most people weren’t as significant. AT say that transfers are up 175k compared to the old network.
Finally just a comment and hopefully someone from Metlink reads this. One thing I like to keep an eye on is how Wellington is performing. Metlink publish their transport data here. It is usually not quite as timely as ATs data but it does come out. Since June there hasn’t been any data published. Perhaps they don’t want people to see the impact of the issues they’re having or the staff are all focused on improving tings but if anyone down there is able to, would be great to get it updated.