Declining Ridership

Amtrak Train

Amtrak in Dire Financial Straits, Seeking More Federal Relief Funding

Amtrak officials say they need $4.9 billion in funding to prevent service and job losses.

September 15, 2020 - Reuters via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Union Station

Southern California's Metrolink Defies Declining Ridership Trends

Primarily serving commuters in the Greater Los Angeles metro area, Metrolink just attained the highest annual ridership in its 27-year existence. Officials chalk up the increase to a significant investment in marketing.

August 22, 2019 - Urbanize LA


Transit Ridership Declined Nationally in 2018, APTA Report Finds

The latest data from the American Public Transportation Association reveals the national consequences of many local examples of declining transit use.

April 17, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Arrival Times

The 'Business Case' for Real-Time Transit Data

Real-time information is critical to keeping public transit a competitive mobility option, researchers suggest.

July 5, 2018 - Sidewalk Labs

NYC Subway Riders

Why Are Transit Systems Losing Riders?

Transit in general, and buses in particular, are losing riders, especially during off peak hours. Car pooling is down sharply as well.

June 4, 2018 - theTransportPolitic

Los Angeles Homeless

L.A. Metro’s Homeless Outreach Teams Report Back

The transit agency's year-long experiment with homeless services has placed 19 people in permanent housing and spurred hopes of expanding the program.

March 28, 2018 - KPCC

Gold Line Preview

Southern California's Declining Transit Ridership, Explained

More Southern Californians are purchasing motor vehicles, particularly those who were previously transit-dependent, which largely explains the region's declining transit ridership, according to a newly released study.

February 9, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

Expo Line

L.A. Transit Ridership Drops 15 Percent in 5 Years Despite New Light Rail Extensions

Bus riders, comprising about three-quarters of Los Angeles Metro ridership, declined 21 percent since 2013, But it wasn't just bus routes—two light rail lines also lost riders.

January 29, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

Broken Bus

Why Is Transit Ridership Declining?

Over the past two years or so, transit ridership has begun to decline. It seems that this decline has been most widespread among cities with relatively weak transit systems.

January 16, 2018 - Michael Lewyn

Bus Stop

Baltimore's Bus Overhaul Hasn't Increased Ridership

Service has notably improved, but that hasn't been enough to boost ridership so far.

November 17, 2017 - The Baltimore Sun

Metro Bus

Time to Worry About Declining Bus Ridership Again

The news about the decline of bus ridership around the country is making the rounds again. The future of bus transit as we know it seems to be in question.

August 29, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal


Philadelphia to Consider Bus System Redesign

Philadelphia is one of many American cities suddenly beset with declining bus ridership numbers, likely in part as a result of the popularity of transportation network companies.

July 26, 2017 - The Philadelphia Inquirer


Calls to Cut Service for Orange County Buses

Orange County is dealing with falling transit use, and its transit authority is looking for ways to stay afloat.

June 3, 2017 - Voice of Orange County

San Jose, California

Silicon Valley's Beleaguered Transit System Getting an Overhaul

Strapped for cash and faced with rapidly declining ridership, the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is reorganizing its service in the hopes of stopping the bleeding.

May 8, 2017 - The Mercury News

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