Transit Ridership

Empty interior of New York City bus with blue seating.

A Grim Financial Outlook for Transit Agencies

Transit ridership will likely remain below pre-pandemic levels through 2024, according to analysts.

February 16, 2024 - The Daily Record

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Los Angeles Transit Ridership Grew in 2023

Metro attributes the growth to new destinations, added security, and a streamlined train system.

February 15, 2024 - Los Angeles Daily News

Front of city bus driving down tree-lined street, surrounded by cars.

Free Bus Fare Pilot Boosts Ridership in Twin Cities

The free fare pilot program is only partially complete, but even if it is deemed “successful,” it is unclear how — or if — Metro Transit plans to adopt free fare policies for the long term.

February 11, 2024 - Axios Twin Cities

Close-up of hands holding straps on public bus.

Research Reveals Subsidized Transit Is More Efficient

Contrary to some arguments, public transit networks with higher government subsidies have higher ridership and more farebox revenue.

February 5, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

White minibus with yellow "On-Demand" logo parked in an asphalt lot with grass field and dry fall trees in background in Edmonton, Canada.

Microtransit Can Boost Ridership, but Agencies Struggle With Cost

Minnesota’s on-demand microtransit service is helping connect residents to fixed-route service and daily needs.

January 16, 2024 - Minnesota Reformer

Colorful multistory apartment buildings next to BART transit station in Pleasanton, California.

The Symbiotic Relationship of Housing and Transit

Building more housing near transit can improve housing affordability and boost ridership on struggling systems.

January 7, 2024 - Bloomberg CityLab

White and yellow Metro Transit streetcar in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Twin Cities Transit Agency Launches Safety Initiatives

The agency is pairing with nonprofit partners to provide on-site services and resources to riders and boosting fare enforcement without police involvement.

December 24, 2023 - Governing

Buses and pedestrians on busy Baltimore street.

Maryland Could Cut Transit Funding, Citing Budget Gap

The governor says the state remains committed to its major transit projects, but may need to reduce service to meet a growing financial shortfall.

December 22, 2023 - Governing

White Dial-a-Ride van in driveway in Seaview, Washington.

Opinion: Microtransit Isn’t the Answer to Transit Woes

On-demand services can’t scale successfully without massive government subsidies, and could obscure the impacts of car-centric sprawl.

December 20, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Blue bus on city street

The State of Public Transit Ridership Across the US

Ridership recovery is an uphill battle for transit agencies across the nation, but some metro areas have made progress.

December 18, 2023 - Axios

Red San Diego Trolley light rail train at station with passengers walking on platform and Spanish-style dome building in background.

San Diego Trolley Nation’s Most Popular Light Rail

The system's ridership benefited from an extension project and free transit for youth.

November 30, 2023 - Axios

Silver New York City subway train on above ground track with red brick multistory buildings in background.

Federal Loan Programs Offer Billions for TOD

USDOT is encouraging developers to take advantage of loans aimed at supporting the building of multifamily buildings near transit lines.

November 17, 2023 - Business Insider

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Report: Transit Safety Begins With Better Service

Transit riders want more frequent service, less police.

November 15, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Green Portland Frequent Express bus in parking lot in Portland, Oregon.

Portland ‘BRT Light’ Line Shows Promise

Despite not having fully dedicated bus lanes, Portland’s new ‘light’ bus rapid transit line is significantly reducing travel times.

November 2, 2023 - Human Transit

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

The Trouble With Transit Funding

The roots of the current U.S. transit crisis go deeper than the Covid-19 pandemic.

November 2, 2023 - Route Fifty

D.C. Metro System

Impending ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Could Doom DC Transit’s Dramatic Improvement Efforts

Without additional funding, the region’s transit agency could be forced to reverse key changes that have improved service in the past year.

October 29, 2023 - TransitCenter

Close-up of side of white and blue and red Chicago Transit Authority bus.

Chicago Transit Releases 2024 Budget

The agency projects modest ridership growth while aiming to make long-term investments in bus and rail improvements.

October 24, 2023 - Streetsblog Chicago

D.C. Metro Bus

Opinion: How to Save D.C. Transit

Ridership data shows that many D.C. transit users depend on the service, despite a drop in ridership. The system needs changes—and funding—to have a future.

September 26, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Empty underground Muni train platform in San Francisco with escalator, stairs in center of image.

Post-Pandemic Travel Patterns Call for Different Transit Schedules

As remote work and changed commuting patterns endure, transit agencies are shifting their focus to serve a wider variety of riders.

September 21, 2023 - Governing

Red light rail train at outdoor platform in downtown Houston, Texas

Houston Metro Adds Shuttle Buses, Trains for Beyoncé Concert

Transit surges during major concerts and sporting events are becoming a trend, prompting cities to add specialized transit service to handle extra crowds.

September 19, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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