The West LRT project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Calgary’s history and our largest capital investment ever. It was an important milestone in our transit history when Opening Day arrived after years of planning, construction and preparation. Since opening, the service has been popular.
On the first full day of revenue service on December 10, the West LRT line carried approximately 14,000 passengers from the west end into the downtown core. A further 15,000 passengers rode the train back from the downtown core. Ridership was slightly higher in the afternoon peak than during the morning peak period.
Since the LRT opened, an average of 28,000 trips have been taken each day into and out of the downtown core. Furthermore, we estimate that several thousand more customers travel daily between stations outside of the core. Transit is now in the process of collecting ridership data to get a more complete picture of how Calgarians are utilizing the new line west of downtown.
In comparison, Route 202 from the Northeast carries approximately 25,000 passengers into the downtown core every weekday. We expect that it will take approximately six to eight weeks for ridership patterns to settle and to allow us a clearer picture of how the service is being utilized. We will have a more comprehensive review of the new service in our next W6 Report.
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