Time for Those Walking Shoes, Part 1
Walk access to Metrorail has increased 15% over the last 5 years, especially from those living within a half-mile of the station.
More and more Metrorail riders are lacing up their walking shoes and taking a short walk to their rail station these days. According to results from the 2012 Metrorail Passenger Survey, the number of passengers walking to Metrorail each morning grew by 15% between 2007 and 2012, from 78,500 to 89,900 in the AM peak period – far outpacing overall growth in ridership in the same period.
Where are all the new pedestrians coming from? From stations all over the network, but the growth is strongest among those walking a half-mile or less. Those walking from less than a half-mile rose by over 20% – faster than the overall growth in walk access.
Where is pedestrian access, by station? The map below shows walk access, by station of origin, for the AM Peak. Want to see more? Download the data and take a look! (.xlsx, 17 kb).
What do you think this means for Metro? What stands out for you in these graphics? Let us know in the comments.
A future post will talk about some of the characteristics of those walking to Metrorail.
Notes: the median straight-line walk access distance for all Metrorail stations in 2012 was approximately 0.35 miles. Note that walk distance is calculated using straight line distance as-the-crow-flies rather than using a street network, so actual walk distance is likely even longer.