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Chile: Trends in Santiago Metro ridership [free access]

May 1, 2021

The Santiago Metro comprises seven lines which collectively span around 140 km. It has one of the highest ridership across all modes of public transport in the city. Between 2010 and 2019, the ridership remained fairly stable across all lines and increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.4 per cent. The ridership declined in the last quarter of 2019 due to social unrest in the country.

 

Table 1 provides information about the ridership.

 

Table 1: Ridership of Santiago Metro network (2010–2021) (million passengers)

Year 

Line 1 

Line 2 

Line 3 

Line 4 

Line 4A 

Line 5 

Line 6 

Total

2010 

259.50

122.30

-

115.67

19.03

104.22

-

620.72

2011 

219.60

104.32

-

100.21

15.82

117.79

-

557.74

2012 

257.51

118.65

-

117.20

18.93

136.44

-

648.74

2013 

263.63

121.85

-

120.10

19.63

141.65

-

666.88

2014 

261.95

121.91

-

119.42

20.29

144.08

-

667.65

2015 

257.42

118.76

-

119.79

20.63

144.57

-

661.17

2016 

260.99

121.10

-

120.24

20.80

146.94

-

670.07

2017 

270.65

122.97

-

118.82

20.40

146.76

5.46

685.06

2018 

278.07

121.25

-

118.94

19.97

143.67

39.11

721.01

2019 

262.69

102.89

55.82

101.89

16.54

123.10

40.74

703.67

2020 

92.75

42.91

27.21

37.51

5.90

39.14

16.35

261.77

2021* 

15.69

7.51

5.09

7.23

1.32

8.68

2.96

48.49

Note: *- Ridership for January and February; passenger services on Lines 3 and 6 commenced in January 2019 and November 2017, respectively

Source: Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro S.A. (Metro S.A.)

 

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic


Due to the pandemic, the ridership in 2020 was 63 per cent lower than in 2019.The maximum decline in ridership was witnessed in the April–August 2020 period. The ridership in each month was at least 80 per cent lower than that of the corresponding period in 2019.

 

Table 2 provides information about the ridership in 2019 and 2020.

 

Table 2: Ridership of Santiago Metro (2019–2020) (million passengers)

 

2019 

2020 

January 

56.83

48.35

February

46.56

40.51

March

67.03

31.60

April

68.40

8.94

May

69.03

7.73

June

65.65

6.65

July

65.66

8.06

August

69.94

12.18

September

60.51

18.00

October

48.85

24.29

November

36.80

27.19

December

48.41

28.28

Total

703.67

261.77

Source: Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro S.A. (Metro S.A.)

 

The figure below summarises the year-on-year (Y-o-Y) change in ridership.

 

Figure: Y-o-Y change in ridership (%)


Source: Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro S.A. (Metro S.A.)