Transit Ridership

Transit Ridership

Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted

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Transit riders in the United States took 10.3 billion unlinked passenger trips in 2008. Approximately 53% of these trips occurred on motor bus, 35% on heavy rail, and roughly four-and-a-half percent for each commuter rail and light rail.

Transit Ridership Aug-08 Aug-09
Motor Bus Ridership (million unlinked passenger trips) 451.8 423.3
Percent change from same month previous year 1.70 -6.30
Heavy Rail Ridership (million unlinked passenger trips) 299.9 289.0
Percent change from same month previous year 2.56 -3.64
Other Rail Mode Ridership (million unlinked passenger trips) 83.7 82.5
Percent change from same month previous year 2.91 -1.44
Other Non-Rail Mode Ridership (million unlinked passenger trips) 25.4 25.7
Percent change from same month previous year 1.45 1.39

NOTES: Other rail modes include light rail, commuter rail, monorail, cable car, automated guideway, and inclined plane. Other non-rail modes include demand response, trolley bus, van pool, and ferry boat.

Data for the most recent two months is estimated for agencies that have yet to report.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, available at http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ as of October 2009.