Table 4-3: Transit Ridership in the 50 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2007

Table 4-3: Transit Ridership in the 50 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2007

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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 4,053,990 31.1 61.1 0.5 6.5 0.9
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 11,789,487 2 717,411 86.0 5.7 5.8 1.7 0.9
Chicago, IL-IN 8,307,904 3 619,411 55.6 30.7 0.0 12.7 0.9
Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,149,079 4 340,748 52.5 28.7 8.1 9.9 0.8
Miami, FL 4,919,036 5 168,943 80.2 10.4 0.0 2.0 7.4
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,145,659 6 82,189 72.4 0.0 21.8 3.0 2.8
Boston, MA-NH-RI 4,032,484 7 364,193 28.9 39.4 19.3 10.7 1.7
Washington, DC-VA-MD 3,933,920 8 465,131 39.5 59.4 0.0 0.7 0.4
Detroit, MI 3,903,377 9 49,559 93.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.7
Houston, TX 3,822,509 10 100,987 85.0 0.0 11.6 0.0 3.4
Atlanta, GA 3,499,840 11 158,478 50.0 49.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
San Francisco-Oakland, CA 3,228,605 12 422,803 43.2 25.8 9.9 2.4 18.8
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 2,907,049 13 65,827 96.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.3
Seattle, WA 2,712,205 14 181,903 68.2 0.0 0.5 1.2 30.2
San Diego, CA 2,674,436 15 99,344 60.5 0.0 35.3 1.6 2.6
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 2,388,593 16 88,866 87.4 0.0 10.2 0.0 2.3
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,077,662 17 56,486 59.5 0.0 38.6 0.0 2.0
Baltimore, MD 2,076,354 18 110,366 74.0 11.9 6.1 6.8 1.1
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL 2,062,339 19 25,626 95.9 0.0 2.2 0.0 1.9
Denver-Aurora, CO 1,984,889 20 94,196 78.5 0.0 19.8 0.0 1.7
Cleveland, OH 1,786,647 21 61,179 81.5 12.2 5.0 0.0 1.4
Pittsburgh, PA 1,753,136 22 71,712 85.6 0.0 9.9 0.0 4.5
Portland, OR-WA 1,583,138 23 106,660 64.9 0.0 33.9 0.0 1.3
San Jose, CA 1,538,312 24 43,434 74.0 0.0 23.7 0.0 2.4
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA 1,506,816 25 22,900 95.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.1
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,503,262 26 29,977 98.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5
Virginia Beach, VA 1,394,439 27 26,895 96.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.2
Sacramento, CA 1,393,498 28 35,777 58.3 0.0 40.5 0.0 1.2
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,361,744 29 15,907 95.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.1
San Antonio, TX 1,327,554 30 41,718 97.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8
Las Vegas, NV 1,314,357 31 73,064 86.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 14.0
Milwaukee, WI 1,308,913 32 48,387 97.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.7
Indianapolis, IN 1,218,919 33 9,409 96.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.2
Providence, RI-MA 1,174,548 34 22,414 96.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.9
Orlando, FL 1,157,431 35 26,078 97.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.9
Columbus, OH 1,133,193 36 14,970 98.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2
New Orleans, LA 1,009,283 37 12,396 74.3 0.0 11.1 0.0 14.6
Buffalo, NY 976,703 38 24,146 75.4 0.0 24.2 0.0 0.4
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 972,091 39 11,741 89.0 0.0 8.8 0.0 2.2
Austin,TX 901,920 40 34,040 97.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.9
Bridgeport-Stamford, CT-NY 888,890 41 10,445 97.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8
Salt Lake City, UT 887,650 42 41,350 56.3 0.0 39.4 0.0 4.3
Jacksonville, FL 882,295 43 11,193 90.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.1
Louisville, KY-IN 863,582 44 15,684 97.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5
Hartford, CT 851,535 45 16,147 87.8 0.0 0.0 2.9 9.3
Richmond, VA 818,836 46 15,705 97.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.7
Charlotte, NC-SC 758,927 47 20,398 97.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.7
Nashville-Davidson, TN 749,935 48 9,081 95.2 0.0 0.0 1.2 3.6
Oklahoma City, OK 747,003 49 2,840 97.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2
Tucson, AZ 720,425 50 18,206 97.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.4
Top 50 urbanized area, total 127,900,270   9,160,308 49.9 37.7 4.6 5.0 2.8
United States, urbanized area total1 193,134,710   9,888,416 53.2 34.9 4.2 4.6 3.1
Top 50 as percent of U.S. total 66.2   92.6 87.0 100.0 99.9 99.8 86.4

1 Excludes territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Island and Saipan).

NOTES: 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, Annual Data Tables, available at http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/ as of Feb. 10, 2009.