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Old 03-10-2015, 09:55 AM
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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There was mostly good news this past year. Ridership is up in pretty much every city, despite gas prices hitting levels not seen since the turn of the century.

All of the info can be found here: http://www.apta.com/resources/statis...rship-APTA.pdf

Below are the top 10 cities for the top three modes of transit (Heavy Rail, Light Rail, Bus) by daily passenger trips, and the percentage change from 2013. Was your city a winner? Let's see...

Heavy Rail (aka Subway)

1. New York City - 9,060,800, +4.02%
2. Washington, DC - 829,200, -0.84%
3. Chicago - 753,600, +4.12%
4. Boston - 560,500, +4.89%
5. San Francisco - 447,200, +6.07%
6. Philadelphia - 342,600, -1.76%
7. Jersey City - 250,700, +1.17%
8. Atlanta - 232,100, +2.29%
9. Los Angeles - 153,000, -4.52%
10. Miami - 74,600, +2.10%

Light Rail

1. Boston - 223,300, -4.01%
2. Los Angeles - 200,800, +0.20%
3. San Francisco - 128,500, +7.15%
4. San Diego - 119,800, +15.34%
5. Portland - 113,900, -0.32%
6. Philadelphia - 111,900, -4.00%
7. Dallas - 101,800, +3.17%
8. Denver - 86,300, +11.95%
9. Salt Lake City - 68,500, +6.02%
10. Minneapolis - 62,500, +57.43% (Holy moly! Did you guys get a new line or something?!)


1. New York City - 2,574,900, -2.12%
2. Los Angeles - 1,079,100, -3.11%
3. Chicago - 878,000, -8%
4. Philadelphia - 556,500, -2.75%
5. Washington, DC - 436,600, -0.31%
6. Boston - 377,600, +1.60%
7. Seattle - 325,300, +2.02%
8. San Francisco - 300,900, +3.92%
9. Baltimore - 283,300, +6.75%
10. Denver - 239,200, +0.42%

Top 10 Total Daily Average Transit Usage, All Forms (Heavy Rail, Light Rail, Bus, Commuter Rail, Trolley Bus)

1. New York City - 12,397,300
2. Chicago - 2,055,400
3. Los Angeles - 1,645,100
4. Bay Area - 1,450,450
5. Washington, DC 1,412,500
6. Boston - 1,307,700
7. Philadelphia - 1,170,900
8. Atlanta - 438,900
9. Seattle - 418,000
10. Baltimore - 401,700

Total Daily Average Transit Usage for other ranked cities - These cities ranked in the top ten in one of the three categories above, but did not rank in the overall top 10.

Miami - 353,900
Denver - 342,800
Portland - 319,700
San Diego - 298,000
Houston - 296,700
Minneapolis - 284,100
Dallas - 242,100
Salt Lake City - 166,000
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:10 AM
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I'm always astonished at how much rail travel has grown in Chicago given the population hasn't. Most of it due to the tens of thousands of new jobs downtown. The Brown, Blue and Red lines especially on the north side have grown like crazy. Brown line has more than doubled.

Weekday Ridership overall:
1960: 594,000
1985: 577,000
1992: 418,000
1999: 526,000
2007: 601,000
2013: 754,000

+80% in 20 years, most of the growth on only a few of the lines.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:11 AM
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Minneapolis got a new line to downtown St. Paul last summer, which probably accounts for its big bump.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:17 AM
Location: New London
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I wonder why the green line ridership in Boston dropped by so much.

The trolleys seemed as crowded as ever last year.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:17 AM
Location: SF Bay Area
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San Diego's Trolley ridership seems to fluctuate a lot for some reason.

I wonder what's going on with LA and why ridership is down. Kind of a steep drop for heavy rail and bus and little growth in light rail.

SF and the Bay Area seem to be nearing capacity with some of its rail system, at least with BART. Not sure about Muni although it's always been slow and overcrowded and it's on-time percentage has gotten worse lately and it was dismal to begin with.

SLC has some pretty impressive light rail numbers given the MSA size.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:20 AM
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Houston could see a bit of a rise with their new bus routes and the new rail lines opening up this year. I'm surprised at DC though. I thought with the new silver line, it would easily be around 1 million passengers per day. I think the weekend kills it off though because nobody wants to ride metro when they are constantly fixing things.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:31 AM
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Surprised to see the Red/Purple Lines go down 4% this year. Not sure what accounts for the drop, I think service hours have stayed the same and maybe even gone up a little bit, and no changes in headways or anything.

Los Angeles will see a big bump up in LRT ridership in the next 2-3 years when the Expo Line reaches Santa Monica and West LA (currently terminates in Culver City) and the Foothill Extension of the Gold Line reaches Azusa and the Eastern SGV (currently terminating in East Pasadena). I think Expo will bring in a huge number of riders (perhaps 40-50k more daily riders in the near-term) while the Foothill Extension will be much more modest (perhaps 10-20k more riders) as it will probably mostly serve to bring suburban commuters into the Pasadena job center and relieve congestion on 210 west.

Hopefully these new projects create brand new transit riders and don't just cannibalize the bus system.

One other thing to note (though I doubt it would change LA's overall ranking as the #3 busiest system) is that there are a few other regional transit systems in the LA area (most notable is SM/Westside's Big Blue Bus) that probably push its daily ridership closer to 200k. Probably still less than Chicago, but a little bit closer. There may be some other cities in which this is the case as well.
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:11 AM
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I'm wondering if bike sharing programs will impact transit ridership numbers.

Chicago started a program in 2013 and now has 3,000 bikes and over 300 stations with more opening this year. It's warm here this week and right away I started noticing the bikes all over.

I'm curious with the bikes heavily saturing the north side, if it will alleviate some of the transit crunch there at rush hour.

Last summer Divvy was averaging over 400,000 rides per month. Of course that's still a drop in the bucket compared to the roughly 45,000,000 transit rides a month...
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:44 AM
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Go Denver! Hopefully the growth continues with the new line to the airport opens next year!

SLC is impressive too! Mountain West on the rise
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:52 AM
Location: Seattle, WA
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Thanks for compiling the data. To be a bit picky the APTA breaks Seattle's numbers down by transit agency and we have a complex network active in the Metro area.

So its closer to:

418 on King County Metro (buses)
109 on Sound Transit (Link light rail, commuter rail, regional buses)
57 on the ferries
37.8 on Pierce Transit (Tacoma)
36.3 on Community Transit (Snohomish/Everett)

Both the adjacent county systems operate a lot of service into Seattle/King County as you'd expect given its a fairly integrated metro area and job geography.

I haven't looked to see if that changes the other cities numbers radically as well.
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