Ridership

Many of the country’s largest transit systems have seen declining ridership in recent years, but ridership trends vary significantly from city to city. In fact, ridership trends often vary significantly within any given city, for a complex and often locally-specific set of reasons. We’ve been hearing repeatedly from practitioners who are seeking to understand and respond to shifts in ridership.

Ridership on the Connection

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In Portland, Economic Displacement May Be A Driver of Transit Ridership Loss

Like many transit agencies across the country, TriMet, the transit district serving the Portland, OR, metro region, has seen a recent loss in ridership, principally on its bus system.

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Denver’s (Side)walks to Transit

What’s an essential but often missing component of high ridership transit networks? It isn’t new branding on buses or the latest light rail car.

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All Ridership is Local

Trying to understand why transit ridership is going up or down is a worthwhile pursuit, but one that is best undertaken locally.

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LA Metro Moves to Save Bus System

Since acknowledging that plunging bus ridership is a problem in Los Angeles, L.A. Metro is moving on several fronts to try to stabilize and recover bus patronage.

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Want to Work on Our Next National Survey? (RFP)

Would you like to work with TransitCenter on our next big national survey project?

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Transit Ridership Recipe

Today we’re excited to release TransitTools #2, a recipe for transit ridership.

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Using Transit Ridership Data for Better Advocacy

As a follow-up to our post about how to download and interact with National Transit Database (NTD) ridership data, we wanted to further explore how to interpret and use this data.

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Fun With the National Transit Database

The 2016 national transit ridership data was just released, so we created a video to help you figure out how to access and use the data:

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What’s Really Happening to L.A. Transit

Transit and transportation-reform circles are abuzz over last Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times article highlighting declining ridership on LA Metro, the largest transit agency in Southern California. The Times piece and subsequent commentary have offered a variety of explanations. LA Metro asserted in response to the article that ridership is “cyclical.” Transit planner Jarrett Walker interpreted […]

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