People who reported watching almost empty UP Express trains moving between Union Station and Pearson Airport were poo poohed by Metrolinx in the early days of the service. According to Metrolinx when the service first started in June, casual observers couldn’t accurately count the numbers on every train and besides, we have the official ridership figures etc. Now it seems that ridership has plummeted even below the dismal usage when the service was still a novelty (possibly goosed by figures from their June 14 free rides day). According to ttcriders, the average train is now less than 10% filled. The current daily total ridership averages 2500 which is considerably down since Metrolinx last released figures showing a daily ridership of more than 3200. Metrolinx remains convinced that they can achieve their goal of 5000 riders a day by next June.
ttcriders is convinced that the UP Express line is just a few tweaks away from being the fabled downtown relief line – if only Metrolinx could add a few more stations and lower the fares.