Ridership

August 9, 2016, 6am PDT
It's been six months since the D.C. Streetcar finally opened after years of planning and delays. So far, so good for the performance of the line, and now District DOT has some decisions to make regarding the near future of the line.
WAMU
August 2, 2016, 9am PDT
With weekend riders leading the way, the Kansas City Streetcar is surpassing ridership expectations three months into its existence.
The Kansas City Star
August 7, 2015, 8am PDT
Jarrett Walker outlines the conditions under which transit serves the greatest number of travelers. Maximizing ridership, he argues, requires thinking like a business and catering to demand.
Human Transit
October 10, 2014, 11am PDT
Early reviews and returns on Tucson's Modern Streetcar appear positive, according to an article for Arizona Public Media.
Arizona Public Radio
July 12, 2014, 5am PDT
Payton Chung summarizes a new report from the Transportation Research Board that reveals the indicators of successful transit projects.
Streetsblog USA
May 15, 2014, 1pm PDT
City staff recently released revised first-day ridership projections for a proposed subway in Vancouver. The numbers seem astronomical and a strong support for the cause. But can the project get the finding it needs?
Globe and Mail
December 27, 2013, 11am PST
After more than a decade of rail successes, the city that leads the nation in per-capita transit spending has experienced a transit setback. Early data for Salt Lake City's first streetcar line indicates much lower-than-expected ridership.
The Salt Lake Tribune
October 15, 2013, 5am PDT
For the tenth time in eleven years, Amtrak hit another historic high in ridership in FY 2013. While overall ridership was up one percent, revenues were up more than 4 percent.
WNYC: Transportation Nation
July 30, 2013, 5am PDT
The half-mile circle has become the standard metric for focusing planning efforts and judging the impacts of transit-oriented development. A new study examines whether the half-mile circle is an effective predictor of TOD success.
Access
July 16, 2013, 5am PDT
As many planners know, building next to transit doesn't guarantee a project will have the ridership boosting effects envisioned by proponents of such developments. A new tool seeks to provide an objective measurement of TOD effectiveness.
the transport politic
May 4, 2013, 1pm PDT
After an inauspicious start, L.A.'s Expo Line may surpass its 2020 ridership projections by the end of this year. The line has proved popular with those headed to work, school, and entertainment destinations; without stealing riders from bus routes.
Neon Tommy
March 1, 2013, 10am PST
A new report from the Brookings Institution delves into the ridership and financial winners (and losers) for America's largest intercity rail operator. Last year, Amtrak made money on its 26 routes shorter than 400 miles.
The Washington Post
October 10, 2012, 2pm PDT
The subject of recent politically charged threats, the rail carrier surpassed its record for annual passengers for the ninth time in ten years. Ridership has grown a total of 49 percent since 2000.
Transportation Nation
May 23, 2012, 6am PDT
Eric Jaffe examines the unusual success of transit in Broward County, Florida, proving that a little route planning goes a long way.
The Atlantic Cities
March 24, 2012, 5am PDT
In spite of international recognition from planners and transit officials, Bogotá's bus rapid transit system faced riots this month over high fares and overcrowding, Eric Jaffe reports.
The Atlantic Cities
February 12, 2011, 7am PST
Transit ridership boomed during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, but the numbers have since fallen.
CBC
December 3, 2010, 12pm PST
Despite predictions of ridership that are lower than previously thought, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is still pushing ahead with plans to build a subway line in the center of the city.
San Francisco Chronicle
November 29, 2010, 5am PST
Randal O'Toole argues that transit will never be energy efficient because ridership is never high enough to warrant the energy expelled.
The Antiplanner
November 21, 2010, 7am PST
Expansion of transit has helped fuel a boost in ridership over the last decade in Charlotte. But with falling tax revenues, the city looks unlikely to be able to continue its planned transit growth.
the transport politic
October 29, 2010, 7am PDT
Yonah Freemark looks at how to increase rail ridership without adding trains.
the transport politic