Fact #590: September 28, 2009
Transit Ridership Still Strong in 2009
"Even with significant declines in gasoline prices, higher unemployment, a general economic downturn, and lower state and local revenue, public transportation use in the first quarter is essentially flat – almost matching last year's modern record first quarter ridership – declining by only 1.2%." (Source: Transit News Press Release, June, 15, 2009). Bus and heavy rail transit trips, which made up the majority of transit trips, were down less than 2% from 2008 to 2009. Light rail, trolleybus and the "other" category experienced increased ridership during 2009.
|Unlinked Passenger Trips|
|1st Quarter 2008||1st Quarter 2009||Percent Change|
* Other includes aerial tramway, automated guideway, cable car, ferryboat, inclined plane, monorail, and vanpool.