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 locally-specific set of reasons. Practitioners at transit and city agencies alike are seeking to understand and proactively respond to shifts in ridership.

US Transit Ridership, 2006-2015

Ridership on the Connection

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Flex V. Fixed: An Experiment in On-Demand Transit

AC Transit has launched an on-demand transit pilot as part of an effort to address declining ridership, improve service quality, and redesign its network in low-density, low-demand areas.

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TransitCenter’s NTD Transit Ridership Analysis, 2002-2017

We’re excited to make the raw data from our recent transit ridership analysis publicly available! 

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Ridership Map Tutorial

Are you a transit advocate, data journalist or map nerd?

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Transit Moneyball: How Targeted Fare Policies Can Build Ridership

When it comes to increasing transit ridership, fare policy is an underutilized strategic tool. But a few transit agencies are demonstrating how it can be used to attract (or in some cases, repel) transit riders.

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Lessons on Ridership, from the National Literature

Transit and elected officials experiencing ridership losses in recent years need to better understand what’s causing those declines before they can reverse them.

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A New Ridership Map To Explore Transit Trends, Locally

We are excited to debut a new tool that makes it easy for transit advocates, researchers, and journalists to better understand what’s going on with ridership in their region.

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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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