January 31, 2020
All Ridership Is Super Local

This guest post comes to us from Ian Thistle and Alissa Zimmer, researchers at the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority in the Office of Performance Management and Innovation. It’s based on their recent report, “Location, Location, Location:…

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April 25, 2019
There’s a Reason Transit Ridership is Rising in These 7 Cities

The 2018 figures for American transit agencies are in, and the ridership emergency is far from over. Last year, in the vast majority of cities, fewer people rode buses and trains than the year before. The drop remained…

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April 23, 2019
Introducing Transit Insights, a Visual Tool to Track Transit Ridership in American Cities

The transit fortunes of Columbus have been remarkably different than that of its neighbor, Cleveland. The current story of American transit is one of ridership decline. But this national trend masks significant local variation — some…

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February 27, 2019
There’s a Reason Transit Ridership is Rising in These 7 Cities

The 2018 figures for American transit agencies are in, and the ridership emergency is far from over. Last year, in the vast majority of cities, fewer people rode buses and trains than the year before. The drop remained…

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May 29, 2018
Service Matters: Examining Ridership Trends in 25 North American Cities Over Time

Our latest Ridership Initiative guest post comes to us from Transportation at McGill Research (TRAM) group members Geneviève Boisjoly, Emily Grisé and Ahmed El-Geneidy—researchers who have taken a deeper dive into the National Transit Database than…

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May 1, 2018
TransitCenter’s NTD Transit Ridership Analysis, 2002-2017

You asked and we listened – we’ve made the raw data from our recent transit ridership analysis publicly available! A spreadsheet of national transit ridership data from 2002-2017 can now be found here. As always, feel free…

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April 4, 2018
Ridership Map Tutorial

 Are you a transit advocate in need of data to support your case for a bus network redesign in your city? A journalist looking to compare regional transit spending and service provision? Transit data enthusiast…

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March 13, 2018
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. Capital…

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January 29, 2018
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. But recognizing the factors that drive ridership down is not always simple. Industry…

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