Ask any 99 B-Line rider, and we'll tell you how packed the bus is every morning. But it'd be difficult for most of us to put this into numbers.
Here's what the report offers in terms of stats for the 99 in 2013:
Annual boardings: 17,054,000
Annual service cost: $9,435,000 (estimated cost of service per year)
Annual revenue hours: 96,300 (number of hours the bus is in-service)
Cost per boarded passenger: $0.55 (estimated service cost per boarded passenger)
Average boardings per revenue hour: 177
Average daily boardings (Monday to Friday): 55,000 (number of people who board the service)
Average daily boardings (Saturday): 33,350
Average daily boardings (Sunday and holidays): 25,000
Peak passenger load (bi-directional average): 63 (on an average trip, the 99 carries approximately 63 passengers along the busiest segments of the route)
Peak load factor (vehicle occupancy): 0.84 (measure of vehicle occupancy on an average trip, where a factor of 1.0 means a full bus)
Average capacity utilization (passenger turnover): 168 percent (boardings per trip divided by vehicle capacity)
For all figures except peak load factor and average capacity utilization, the 99 ranks first in the bus network, confirming that the "Free-Line" is easily the region's busiest bus route.