The Thurston region has made significant investments in public transportation. When more people choose transit for their transportation needs, it becomes more cost-efficient for Intercity Transit to provide bus service.
What are we measuring?
Number of transit boarding divided by Intercity Transit's Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA) population.
A voter-approved sales tax increase in 2002 allowed Intercity Transit to add new bus routes and increase frequency on existing routes. This expanded service, combined with increasing gas prices, lead to a peak in per capita boardings in 2008. Since 2008, boardings have decreased slightly, possibly due to lower gas prices.
A second voter-approved sales tax increase in 2010 allowed Intercity Transit to maintain service through the economic recession. However because population in the PTBA increased during the same time, per capita boardings decreased slightly despite an increase in total boardings.