Ridership

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

Understanding why ridership is rising in some places but not in others is critical to formulating effective transit policy. That's why we've created Transit Insights, a new tool that combines information from the National Transit Database, the U.S. Census, and the route maps at Transit.Land.

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

The 2018 ridership numbers for American transit agencies are in.

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February 13, 2019
Who’s on Board? Riders Explain Why They’re Using Transit Less — And How to Win Them Back

Public officials can’t throw up their hands and claim there’s nothing they can do about falling transit ridership. Despite strong headwinds, they can win back riders.

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November 14, 2018
Growing Up and Away From Transit

Early this decade, transit agencies benefited from the entrance into the workplace of transit-loving young people. Some of those riders may now “age away” from transit, unless cities and transit agencies adapt.

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June 15, 2018
Transit-Oriented Development is More Transit-Oriented When It’s Affordable Housing

Our latest Ridership Initiative guest post about equitable transit-oriented development comes to us from Eleni Bardaka, an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, and John Hersey, a senior TOD associate at Denver’s RTD.

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June 7, 2018
SFMTA’s Experiment with Real-Time Information

The SFMTA is undertaking an ambitious new program to improve real-time information for transit customers, making it easier to choose transit in one of the nation’s most diverse mobility ecosystems

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June 4, 2018
Increasing Transit’s Market Share: An Interview with the MBTA’s Laurel Paget-Seekins

This Ridership Initiative post, an interview with MBTA Director of Fare Policy and Analytics Laurel Paget-Seekins, is our latest showcasing the voices of transit agency staff who are working to understand and respond to declining ridership in their system.

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

While many factors influence transit ridership, a study from McGill University highlights the most important one: cities must properly fund their public transit operations, especially bus services, to ensure a steady increase in ridership.

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May 15, 2018
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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