Report: Transit Ridership Reaches Lowest Levels Since the 1970s

The Transit Cooperative Research Program recently released a current snapshot of public transit ridership trends on bus and rail services in U.S. urban and suburban areas.

February 26, 2020, 11:00 AM PST

By urbanguy


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"Transit ridership is down across all modes except commuter rail and demand [sic] response. Bus ridership is down the most in mid-size cities (populations of 200,000 – 500,000), and, after six years of consecutive decline, it is at its lowest point overall since the 1970s," according to a newly released report from the Transit Cooperative Research Program.

The "TCRP Research Report 209: Analysis of Recent Public Transit Ridership Trends" focuses on changes in transit ridership in urban and suburban areas in recent years.

The report includes ten case studies of strategies transit agencies are using to mitigate ridership losses and increase ridership overall.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 in The National Academies Press

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