Table 4-3: Transit Ridership in the 50 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2002

Table 4-3: Transit Ridership in the 50 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2002

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Urbanized area Population (2000) Rank by population Annual unlinked passenger trips (thousands) Percent
Motor bus Heavy rail Light rail Commuter rail Other
New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT 17,799,861 1 3,373,251 40.1 52.2 0.2 6.6 0.9
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 11,789,487 2 646,896 87.8 5.3 5.0 0.9 0.9
Chicago, IL-IN 8,307,904 3 595,512 56.7 30.3 0.0 12.3 0.7
Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,149,079 4 332,550 52.5 28.3 6.8 9.7 2.8
Miami, FL 4,919,036 5 126,232 81.3 10.9 0.0 2.0 5.8
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,145,659 6 80,837 77.7 0.0 17.0 2.7 2.7
Boston, MA-NH-RI 4,032,484 7 395,026 29.1 40.8 18.7 9.7 1.6
Washington, DC-VA-MD 3,933,920 8 432,780 42.3 56.1 0.0 1.3 0.3
Detroit, MI 3,903,377 9 53,793 94.1 0.0 0.1 0.0 5.8
Houston, TX 3,822,509 10 96,888 97.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2
Atlanta, GA 3,499,840 11 162,321 49.1 50.7 0.0 0.0 0.2
San Francisco-Oakland, CA 3,228,605 12 438,305 45.1 22.2 10.9 1.0 20.8
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 2,907,049 13 44,470 96.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.5
Seattle, WA 2,712,205 14 140,183 66.8 0.0 0.3 0.6 32.4
San Diego, CA 2,674,436 15 97,422 70.3 0.0 26.1 1.6 2.0
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 2,388,593 16 75,104 97.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,077,662 17 49,614 68.7 0.0 29.6 0.0 1.7
Baltimore, MD 2,076,354 18 114,092 76.6 12.5 7.7 2.6 0.6
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL 2,062,339 19 20,299 98.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Denver-Aurora, CO 1,984,889 20 80,923 86.1 0.0 12.9 0.0 1.0
Cleveland, OH 1,786,647 21 64,365 82.5 11.2 4.8 0.0 1.6
Pittsburgh, PA 1,753,136 22 77,462 85.5 0.0 9.7 0.0 4.8
Portland, OR-WA 1,583,138 23 106,652 72.5 0.0 26.5 0.0 1.0
San Jose, CA 1,538,312 24 58,981 77.3 0.0 13.2 7.7 1.7
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA 1,506,816 25 26,091 90.3 0.0 0.0 6.1 3.6
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,503,262 26 29,012 98.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4
Virginia Beach, VA 1,394,439 27 17,626 95.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.5
Sacramento, CA 1,393,498 28 28,583 68.9 0.0 29.9 0.0 1.2
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,361,744 29 15,171 96.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.7
San Antonio, TX 1,327,554 30 45,162 97.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3
Las Vegas, NV 1,314,357 31 52,103 98.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4
Milwaukee, WI 1,308,913 32 65,646 98.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.9
Indianapolis, IN 1,218,919 33 10,247 96.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.1
Providence, RI-MA 1,174,548 34 16,629 89.7 0.0 0.0 4.7 5.6
Orlando, FL 1,157,431 35 24,790 94.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.2
Columbus, OH 1,133,193 36 16,542 97.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.1
New Orleans, LA 1,009,283 37 61,145 85.5 0.0 8.8 0.0 5.7
Buffalo, NY 976,703 38 24,519 76.1 0.0 23.6 0.0 0.2
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 972,091 39 13,027 81.9 0.0 16.5 0.0 1.6
Austin,TX 901,920 40 35,568 98.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8
Bridgeport-Stamford, CT-NY 888,890 41 38,108 60.7 0.0 0.0 38.4 1.0
Salt Lake City, UT 887,650 42 28,330 61.9 0.0 34.4 0.0 3.6
Jacksonville, FL 882,295 43 9,251 86.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.3
Louisville, KY-IN 863,582 44 15,022 97.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5
Hartford, CT 851,535 45 19,159 95.6 0.0 0.0 1.5 2.8
Richmond, VA 818,836 46 14,475 97.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2
Charlotte, NC-SC 758,927 47 16,587 96.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.4
Nashville-Davidson, TN 749,935 48 7,079 98.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.6
Oklahoma City, OK 747,003 49 5,990 97.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5
Tucson, AZ 720,425 50 15,529 98.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8
Top 50, total 127,900,270   8,315,352 55.8 32.3 4.0 5.0 2.9
United States, urbanized area total1 195,984,216   9,017,791 58.4 29.8 3.7 4.6 3.4
Top 50 as % of U.S. total 65.3   92.2 88.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 77.5

1 Includes Puerto Rico.

NOTE: Transit ridership data in this table, including the United States total, are based on urban transit agencies that are required to report information to the federal government because they applied for or are direct beneficiaries of urbanized area formula grants (49 USC 5307). Transit agencies with nine or fewer vehicles that would otherwise need to report under this definition typically receive a waiver from detailed reporting and, thus, are not included in the database.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, available at http://www.ntdprogram.com/NTD/ as of June 9, 2004.