Audit shows Streetcar ridership overstated

PBOT said changes in place for new Tilikum Crossing

A new streetcar rolls through Portland, June 11, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
A new streetcar rolls through Portland, June 11, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A new audit show ridership numbers on the Portland Streetcar were overestimated by 19% — that is, 1.1 million rides.

Diane Dulken with the Portland Bureau of Transportation said there was a glitch in the TriMet reporting, “and TriMet immediately fixed that, so they provided the corrected numbers to us.”

The auditor’s office found 98% of the streetcar trips were completed on time. But another look found the trips were on schedule 82% of the time.

The audit said Portland Streetcar records didn’t exist in some cases or were outdated or had little detail.

PBOT said they’ve already made changes and is ready to meet the demands once the new Tilikum Crossing opens.

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