Table 4-3: Transit Ridership in the 50 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2009 and 2010

Table 4-3: Transit Ridership in the 50 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2009 and 2010

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Urbanized area Population (2000) Rank by population Annual unlinked passenger trips (thousands) Percent in 2010 Percent in 2009
2010 2009 Motor bus Heavy rail Light rail Commuter rail Other Motor bus Heavy rail Light rail Commuter rail Other
New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT 17,799,861 1 4,083,968 (R) 4,011,982 30.0 62.2 0.5 6.3 0.9 31.1 60.9 0.5 6.5 1.0
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 11,789,487 2 661,725 673,418 82.2 7.2 7.3 1.7 1.7 83.1 7.0 6.7 1.6 1.5
Chicago, IL-IN 8,307,904 3 627,936 632,972 53.6 33.6 0.0 11.8 1.0 55.2 32.0 0.0 11.9 0.9
Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,149,079 4 353,276 340,245 48.6 30.2 8.7 10.2 2.3 48.8 30.1 8.5 10.3 2.3
Miami, FL 4,919,036 5 153,756 156,144 78.5 11.3 0.0 2.4 7.8 78.6 11.4 0.0 2.4 7.6
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,145,659 6 69,383 72,267 63.7 0.0 25.9 5.0 5.4 65.0 0.0 26.1 3.7 5.2
Boston, MA-NH-RI 4,032,484 7 372,151 (R) 379,563 31.4 39.3 17.8 9.8 1.7 30.1 38.4 19.5 (R) 10.2 1.9
Washington, DC-VA-MD 3,933,920 8 473,191 486,522 37.8 60.7 0.0 0.9 0.6 38.3 60.3 0.0 0.8 0.6
Detroit, MI 3,903,377 9 50,448 53,419 91.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.4 94.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.0
Houston, TX 3,822,509 10 81,160 85,673 82.0 0.0 12.9 0.0 5.1 81.9 0.0 13.3 0.0 4.9
Atlanta, GA 3,499,840 11 153,689 162,151 48.7 50.1 0.0 0.0 1.3 49.9 48.8 0.0 0.0 1.3
San Francisco-Oakland , CA 3,228,605 12 415,310 447,296 40.8 26.1 11.4 2.9 18.8 41.4 24.7 11.7 2.7 19.5
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 2,907,049 13 69,033 73,266 79.0 0.0 18.3 0.0 2.7 81.5 0.0 15.5 0.0 3.0
Seattle, WA 2,712,205 14 188,603 188,380 66.7 0.0 4.4 1.3 27.6 69.4 0.0 2.0 1.3 27.2
San Diego, CA 2,674,436 15 95,538 96,624 61.4 0.0 34.1 1.3 3.1 63.1 0.0 34.6 1.4 0.9
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 2,388,593 16 91,290 89,160 85.7 0.0 11.4 0.8 2.1 86.4 0.0 11.1 0.1 2.4
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,077,662 17 50,902 49,996 63.0 0.0 35.1 0.0 1.9 61.6 0.0 36.3 0.0 2.2
Baltimore, MD 2,076,354 18 122,003 120,925 74.0 11.4 6.8 6.6 1.2 73.8 10.9 7.4 6.7 1.2
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL 2,062,339 19 27,729 25,803 96.4 0.0 1.7 0.0 1.9 96.3 0.0 1.8 0.0 1.9
Denver-Aurora, CO 1,984,889 20 97,491 98,733 78.4 0.0 20.3 0.0 1.3 78.4 0.0 20.0 0.0 1.6
Cleveland , OH 1,786,647 21 45,343 47,816 81.2 11.2 5.9 0.0 1.7 81.1 10.8 6.5 0.0 1.7
Pittsburgh, PA 1,753,136 22 66,783 69,255 84.9 0.0 10.5 0.0 4.6 85.1 0.0 10.3 0.0 4.6
Portland , OR-WA 1,583,138 23 111,522 106,867 58.8 0.0 39.7 0.3 1.2 64.8 0.0 33.7 0.3 1.3
San Jose, CA 1,538,312 24 42,078 44,360 74.8 0.0 23.2 0.0 2.0 74.9 0.0 22.8 0.0 2.3
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA 1,506,816 25 22,883 23,573 95.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.2 95.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.4
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,503,262 26 20,219 22,899 97.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.1 98.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Virginia Beach, VA 1,394,439 27 18,864 18,682 95.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.3 96.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0
Sacramento, CA 1,393,498 28 33,435 39,090 56.8 0.0 41.9 0.0 1.3 55.9 0.0 42.9 0.0 1.2
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,361,744 29 15,832 16,157 96.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0 96.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.9
San Antonio, TX 1,327,554 30 43,218 43,122 97.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8 97.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.7
Las Vegas, NV 1,314,357 31 56,272 59,108 98.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.9 98.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.7
Milwaukee, WI 1,308,913 32 46,807 49,176 97.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8 97.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8
Indianapolis, IN 1,218,919 33 8,758 8,458 97.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.9 97.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.9
Providence, RI-MA 1,174,548 34 19,278 18,873 95.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.4 95.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.2
Orlando, FL 1,157,431 35 26,281 24,214 96.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.6 96.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.5
Columbus, OH 1,133,193 36 17,273 16,872 98.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4 98.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4
New Orleans, LA 1,009,283 37 17,914 15,590 53.8 0.0 33.1 0.0 13.1 55.3 0.0 30.2 0.0 14.5
Buffalo, NY 976,703 38 27,413 26,217 77.6 0.0 21.9 0.0 0.5 75.6 0.0 23.9 0.0 0.5
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 972,091 39 11,229 11,596 88.1 0.0 9.7 0.0 2.2 88.0 0.0 10.0 0.0 2.0
Austin, TX 901,920 40 33,861 34,214 96.8 0.0 0.0 0.5 2.7 97.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Bridgeport-Stamford, CT-NY 888,890 41 11,332 10,945 96.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.8 96.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.9
Salt Lake City, UT 887,650 42 39,041 37,966 57.0 0.0 34.3 3.8 4.8 56.9 0.0 34.7 3.5 4.9
Jacksonville, FL 882,295 43 11,802 10,937 92.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 7.4 92.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 7.1
Louisville, KY-IN 863,582 44 14,000 14,202 97.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8 99.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Hartford, CT 851,535 45 16,763 16,311 89.5 0.0 0.0 3.5 7.0 89.3 0.0 0.0 3.1 7.6
Richmond, VA 818,836 46 14,152 13,183 95.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.3 95.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.6
Charlotte, NC-SC 758,927 47 25,408 24,245 79.3 0.0 18.9 0.0 1.8 78.5 0.0 19.6 0.0 2.0
Nashville-Davidson, TN 749,935 48 8,537 8,722 90.6 0.0 0.0 2.5 6.9 91.2 0.0 0.0 2.1 6.7
Oklahoma City, OK 747,003 49 2,814 2,754 98.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 97.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2
Tucson, AZ 720,425 50 20,190 21,355 97.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5 97.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3
Top 50 urbanized area, total 127,900,270   9,087,886 (R) 9,101,296 47.8 39.2 5.1 5.0 2.9 48.9 38.0 5.1 5.0 3.0
United States, urbanized area total1 193,134,710   9,867,133 (R) 9,871,458 51.5 36.1 4.7 4.6 3.1 52.4 35.1 4.7 4.7 3.2
Top 50 as percent of U.S. total 66.2   92.1 92.2 85.6 100.0 100.0 99.6 85.9 86.0 100.0 100.0 (R) 99.6 86.5

1Excludes territories (Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands)

KEY: R = revised.

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. Other includes autmoated guideway, cable car, demand response, ferry boat, inclined plane, monorail, trolley bus, and van pool.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Adminstration, National Transit Database 2010 , Monthly Database, available at http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/data.htm as of March 27, 2012.