Longer Airport Trains Rolling After Ridership Increased 6 Percent

A four-car A-Line train
A four-car A-Line train before departing Union Station this afternoon. RTD ran two-car trains until January 13. Photo: Andy Bosselman

Denver’s airport trains are twice as long since growing ridership pressed the Regional Transportation District to expand the service.

RTD’s University of Colorado A-Line trains grew from two-cars to four on January 13, which follows a six percent increase in ridership in 2018 over the previous year. Since the line launched in April of 2016, 17.8 million people have taken trips on the line, a milestone that exceeded RTDs expectations.

A Streetsblog story yesterday reported that A-Line ridership decreased 35 percent last year, which was based on incorrect information provided by RTD. That story has been corrected:

A-Line Ridership

  • 7 million: Boardings in 2018 (6% increase)
  • 6.6 million: Boardings in 2017
  • 4.1 million: Boardings in 2016 (service started April 22)
  • TakeFive

    Anyone interested specifically in ridership at each station, you can compare

    the last four months: http://www.rtd-denver.com/documents/serviced/Rail-Station-Activity-Aug18-Jan19.pdf
    with the first four months: http://www.rtd-denver.com/documents/serviced/Rail-Station-Activity-Jan18-May18.pdf

    I disregard the middle months as it’s impacted by Auraria being on summer break. Out of all the rail lines, the ‘A Line’ was the only shining star with all stations growing ridership.

    • TakeFive

      It’s sad (for me) to see that according to APTA’s 3rd quarter report that light rail lost riders; commuter rail is the one bright spot. APTA, which uses weekday ridership numbers reports that while light rail was up 1.6% YTD (year-to-date), it was down in the 3rd quarter by 5%. Commuter rail was up 9.5% YTD and up 6.4% in the 3rd quarter. https://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Documents/Ridership/2018-Q3-Ridership-APTA.pdf

    • Camera_Shy

      Interesting that they only count Mon-Thu ridership.

      • TakeFive

        For whatever reason that’s an industry standard.

        • Camera_Shy

          OK. But then the reporting has not much to do with the revenue being generated. Surely Friday and the weekends account for at least 1/6th of the revenue…no?

  • Jeffrey Warboys

    RTD =