Originally Posted by whiteford
how the hell could anyone actually count the number of actual riders on a lrt system? 300,000 boardings still is more than 100.000 riders no matter how you look at it. what is some of them 100.000 riders, riding like 10 times per day? or is that 100.000 rider's just like the Calgary number only reflecting the number of actual daily boardings? i would like to see some real data before i am convinced.
Well I don't know the travel patterns for people using the LRT in Calgary. However I will give an example of why boardings and not trips are counted using Vancouver.
Ok basic example someone jumps on skytrain at King George Station that is one boarding. They go all the way downtown and do what they need to do. Later on that day they get back onto skytrain to go back home. There is another boarding. So in this case you have two trips with two boardings.
Second Example. Someone gets on at King George Station 1 boarding. They ride all the way downtown and get off. They then get onto the Canada Line to go to Richmond same trip 2nd boarding. They get to Richmond and do what they need to do. They they reverse commute back home. See how even though there are 2 trips one from home and one two home. There are actually 4 boardings.
I'm not sure where you came up with the 100,000 number though. All I'm saying is the 300,000 is the number of boardings. Or number of times people have gotten onto a train. Whether that person just got off another train and is in the middle of transferring is irrelevant. If they get off and then on it is a new boarding.
If you look at the apta quarterly ridership report for the 2nd quarter of 2010. You will see Calgary at 268,000 which is below your 300,000 but will ignore the fact that the 300,000 number might be something you mistakenly heard. If you look at Vancouver's number it is at 356,000 for the AG. Which is the comparison for LR. I know the 356,000 is the number of boardings. Thus the 268,000 is also the number of Boardings.
Here is a link for the APTA report.