Table 4-3: Transit Ridership in the 50 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2005

Table 4-3: Transit Ridership in the 50 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2005

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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 3,453,093 37.4 54.3 0.4 7.0 0.8
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 11,789,487 2 666,052 86.2 5.4 5.7 1.6 1.0
Chicago, IL-IN 8,307,904 3 603,966 56.2 30.9 0.0 12.0 0.9
Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,149,079 4 352,923 55.5 27.6 7.1 9.0 0.7
Miami, FL 4,919,036 5 158,502 79.0 10.7 0.0 1.8 8.5
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,145,659 6 82,020 73.6 0.0 21.3 2.6 2.5
Boston, MA-NH-RI 4,032,484 7 401,542 35.0 35.4 18.4 9.4 1.8
Washington, DC-VA-MD 3,933,920 8 461,503 42.6 56.2 0.0 0.8 0.4
Detroit, MI 3,903,377 9 47,559 95.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.8
Houston, TX 3,822,509 10 94,555 86.2 0.0 10.8 0.0 2.9
Atlanta, GA 3,499,840 11 150,252 52.3 47.2 0.0 0.0 0.4
San Francisco-Oakland, CA 3,228,605 12 418,384 42.4 23.7 11.2 1.9 20.7
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 2,907,049 13 60,477 97.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Seattle, WA 2,712,205 14 159,699 64.4 0.0 0.8 0.8 34.0
San Diego, CA 2,674,436 15 89,924 63.5 0.0 32.6 1.6 2.3
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 2,388,593 16 81,022 87.8 0.0 9.8 0.0 2.5
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,077,662 17 48,902 65.4 0.0 32.0 0.0 2.6
Baltimore, MD 2,076,354 18 105,151 75.7 12.2 4.9 6.5 0.6
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL 2,062,339 19 22,993 95.6 0.0 2.5 0.0 1.9
Denver-Aurora, CO 1,984,889 20 86,261 86.6 0.0 12.1 0.0 1.3
Cleveland, OH 1,786,647 21 66,610 82.9 11.2 4.6 0.0 1.2
Pittsburgh, PA 1,753,136 22 70,269 85.4 0.0 10.0 0.0 4.6
Portland, OR-WA 1,583,138 23 110,634 67.5 0.0 31.4 0.0 1.1
San Jose, CA 1,538,312 24 38,477 80.0 0.0 17.6 0.0 2.4
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA 1,506,816 25 23,322 95.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.2
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,503,262 26 30,022 98.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4
Virginia Beach, VA 1,394,439 27 24,242 96.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.1
Sacramento, CA 1,393,498 28 32,863 62.4 0.0 36.5 0.0 1.1
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,361,744 29 14,506 96.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0
San Antonio, TX 1,327,554 30 40,697 97.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5
Las Vegas, NV 1,314,357 31 53,571 98.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4
Milwaukee, WI 1,308,913 32 53,096 97.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3
Indianapolis, IN 1,218,919 33 8,810 96.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.7
Providence, RI-MA 1,174,548 34 20,175 95.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.3
Orlando, FL 1,157,431 35 24,808 97.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Columbus, OH 1,133,193 36 14,790 98.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1
New Orleans, LA1 1,009,283 37 6,260 48.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 51.1
Buffalo, NY 976,703 38 23,505 76.8 0.0 22.9 0.0 0.3
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 972,091 39 12,145 89.6 0.0 8.4 0.0 2.0
Austin,TX 901,920 40 33,195 97.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2
Bridgeport-Stamford, CT-NY 888,890 41 9,845 96.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.3
Salt Lake City, UT 887,650 42 38,234 58.5 0.0 37.5 0.0 4.0
Jacksonville, FL 882,295 43 11,087 88.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 11.9
Louisville, KY-IN 863,582 44 15,383 97.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2
Hartford, CT 851,535 45 15,097 86.4 0.0 0.0 2.7 10.9
Richmond, VA 818,836 46 13,236 97.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.7
Charlotte, NC-SC 758,927 47 17,842 95.2 0.0 1.8 0.0 3.0
Nashville-Davidson, TN 749,935 48 7,543 97.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3
Oklahoma City, OK 747,003 49 2,673 97.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.4
Tucson, AZ 720,425 50 16,621 97.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3
Top 50 urbanized area, total 127,900,270   8,394,335 54.1 33.4 4.5 5.0 3.0
United States, urbanized area total2 193,767,600   9,094,071 57.1 30.9 4.2 4.7 3.2
Top 50 as percent of U.S. total 66.0   92.3 87.3 100.0 99.9 99.8 85.9

1 The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) did not report data for 2005. Of the agencies in the New Orleans area that were required to report in 2004, NORTA accounted for approximately 86 percent of unlinked passenger trips.

2 Excludes Puerto Rico.

NOTE: This table includes data from 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 necessarily included in the source database. Details may not add to totals due to rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, available at http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/ as of Nov. 16, 2007.