Originally Posted by mhays
Seattle's bus-focused system still beats a lot of rail-intensive systems in per-capita ridership. The fondest dream of LA, Denver, Portland, and some others is to have Seattle's commute transit share, not to mention commute pedestrian share.
That said, we're not doing well at all by world standards. Frankly just ok vs. our very limited competition.
Only using ACS data. Otherwise, for the service area data its as follows:
King County Dept of Transportation
Service area population: 1,931,249
Annual unlinked trips: 113,637,312
Per Capita: 58.84
Service area population: 2,734,764
Annual unlinked trips: 23,404,762
Per Capita: 8.56
Service area population: 1,512,490
Annual unlinked trips: 104,339,822
Per Capita: 68.98
Obviously Seattle is a larger city with a superior bus system, a larger and more populated/visited core, etc. But its hardly Portland's "fondest dream" to catch Seattle in transit use.
I suppose if you are comparing the city of Seattle versus the city of Portland then you perhaps can make a decent case using ACS data, but the city limits of Portland are hardly comparable to Seattle's. Seattle's downtown/core employment and population base are significantly larger than Portland's as well, so there is that...