Table 4-3: Transit Ridership in the 50 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2010 and 2011

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Urbanized area Population (2010) Rank by population Annual unlinked passenger trips (thousands) Percent in 2011 Percent in 2010
2011 2010 Motor bus Heavy rail Light rail Commuter rail Other Motor bus Heavy rail Light rail Commuter rail Other
New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT 18,351,295 1 4,114,454 4,083,691 29.0 63.3 0.5 6.3 0.9 30.0 62.3 0.5 6.3 0.9
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 12,150,996 2 666,181 661,725 81.9 7.0 7.6 1.8 1.7 82.2 7.2 7.3 1.7 1.7
Chicago, IL-IN 8,608,208 3 646,581 627,936 52.9 34.3 0.0 11.8 1.0 53.6 33.6 0.0 11.8 1.0
Miami, FL 5,502,379 4 163,265 153,756 78.4 11.2 0.0 2.4 8.0 78.5 11.3 0.0 2.4 7.8
Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,441,567 5 358,607 353,276 48.2 30.4 9.1 9.9 2.4 48.6 30.2 8.7 10.2 2.3
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,121,892 6 73,794 69,383 59.2 0.0 32.8 3.2 4.8 63.7 0.0 25.9 5.0 5.4
Houston, TX 4,944,332 7 81,928 81,206 81.7 0.0 13.2 0.0 5.1 82.0 0.0 12.9 0.0 5.1
Washington, DC-VA-MD 4,586,770 8 484,616 473,191 39.1 59.3 0.0 1.0 0.6 37.8 60.7 0.0 0.9 0.6
Atlanta, GA 4,515,419 9 146,445 153,686 48.0 50.7 0.0 0.0 1.3 48.7 50.1 0.0 0.0 1.2
Boston, MA-NH-RI 4,181,019 10 398,929 372,151 30.2 40.2 18.4 9.3 1.9 31.4 39.3 17.8 9.8 1.7
Detroit, MI 3,734,090 11 49,590 50,448 91.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.8 91.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.4
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 3,629,114 12 71,772 69,033 78.9 0.0 18.3 0.0 2.7 79.0 0.0 18.3 0.0 2.7
San Francisco-Oakland, CA 3,281,212 13 427,156 415,310 39.8 26.8 11.9 2.9 18.6 40.8 26.1 11.4 2.9 18.8
Seattle, WA 3,059,393 14 192,558 188,603 66.6 0.0 4.9 1.3 27.2 66.7 0.0 4.4 1.3 27.6
San Diego, CA 2,956,746 15 101,886 95,538 60.9 0.0 34.5 1.5 3.1 61.4 0.0 34.1 1.3 3.1
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI 2,650,890 16 94,537 91,290 86.1 0.0 11.0 0.7 2.2 85.7 0.0 11.4 0.8 2.1
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL 2,441,770 17 29,368 27,729 96.9 0.0 1.3 0.0 1.8 96.4 0.0 1.7 0.0 1.9
Denver-Aurora, CO 2,374,203 18 98,109 97,491 77.6 0.0 21.1 0.0 1.3 78.4 0.0 20.3 0.0 1.3
Baltimore, MD 2,203,663 19 118,222 122,003 71.6 12.6 7.3 7.0 1.4 74.0 11.4 6.8 6.6 1.2
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,150,706 20 47,461 43,918 63.2 0.0 34.8 0.0 2.0 61.9 0.0 35.9 0.0 2.2
San Juan, PR 2,148,346 21 61,223 63,690 17.1 17.6 0.0 0.0 65.3 19.9 15.1 0.0 0.0 65.0
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA 1,932,666 22 24,482 22,883 95.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.3 95.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.2
Las Vegas-Henderson, NV 1,886,011 23 59,080 56,272 97.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2 98.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.9
Portland, OR-WA 1,849,898 24 113,356 111,522 58.0 0.0 40.5 0.4 1.2 58.8 0.0 39.7 0.3 1.2
Cleveland, OH 1,780,673 25 46,963 45,343 80.3 12.1 5.8 0.0 1.7 81.2 11.2 5.9 0.0 1.7
San Antonio, TX 1,758,210 26 46,147 43,218 97.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 97.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8
Pittsburgh, PA 1,733,853 27 65,354 66,783 84.8 0.0 10.3 0.0 4.9 84.9 0.0 10.5 0.0 4.6
Sacramento, CA 1,723,634 28 31,359 33,435 57.1 0.0 40.9 0.0 2.0 56.8 0.0 41.9 0.0 1.3
San Jose, CA 1,664,496 29 43,170 42,078 74.5 0.0 23.7 0.0 1.9 74.8 0.0 23.2 0.0 2.0
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,624,827 30 20,678 20,219 98.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 97.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.1
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,519,417 31 16,792 15,832 96.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.8 96.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0
Orlando, FL 1,510,516 32 28,488 26,281 96.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.7 96.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.6
Indianapolis, IN 1,487,483 33 9,511 8,758 97.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.7 97.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.9
Virginia Beach, VA 1,439,666 34 17,445 16,022 91.3 0.0 3.7 0.0 5.0 95.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.0
Milwaukee, WI 1,376,476 35 47,337 46,807 97.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3 97.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8
Columbus, OH 1,368,035 36 19,023 17,273 98.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4 98.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4
Austin, TX 1,362,416 37 33,905 33,861 96.1 0.0 0.0 1.4 2.5 96.8 0.0 0.0 0.5 2.7
Charlotte, NC-SC 1,249,442 38 27,753 25,408 81.0 0.0 17.3 0.0 1.7 79.3 0.0 18.9 0.0 1.8
Providence, RI-MA 1,190,956 39 20,215 19,278 95.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.4 95.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.4
Jacksonville, FL 1,065,219 40 12,936 11,802 93.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.8 92.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 7.4
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,060,061 41 10,028 11,229 86.0 0.0 11.5 0.0 2.4 88.1 0.0 9.7 0.0 2.2
Salt Lake City-West Valley City, UT 1,021,243 42 41,558 39,041 54.4 0.0 36.8 3.9 4.8 57.0 0.0 34.3 3.8 4.8
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 972,546 43 14,665 14,000 97.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 97.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8
Nashville-Davidson, TN 969,587 44 9,829 8,537 90.8 0.0 0.0 2.9 6.3 90.6 0.0 0.0 2.5 6.9
Richmond, VA 953,556 45 11,659 14,152 94.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.7 95.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.3
Buffalo, NY 935,906 46 30,533 27,413 76.6 0.0 22.8 0.0 0.5 77.6 0.0 21.9 0.0 0.5
Hartford, CT 924,859 47 17,334 16,763 89.8 0.0 0.0 3.5 6.6 89.5 0.0 0.0 3.5 7.0
Bridgeport-Stamford, CT-NY 923,311 48 11,567 11,332 96.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.2 96.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.8
New Orleans, LA 899,703 49 19,929 17,914 54.5 0.0 33.1 0.0 12.4 53.8 0.0 33.1 0.0 13.1
Raleigh, NC 884,891 50 9,364 8,438 94.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.7 94.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.7
Top 50 urbanized area, total 143,103,567   9,287,141 9,126,949 46.9 39.5 5.3 4.9 3.4 47.5 39.1 5.0 5.0 3.3
United States, urbanized area total1 223,302,100   10,122,690 9,924,345 50.8 36.2 4.9 4.6 3.5 51.3 36.0 4.6 4.6 3.5
Top 50 as percent of U.S. total 64.1   91.7 92.0 84.7 100.0 100.0 99.5 87.1 85.2 100.0 100.0 99.6 87.5

1Excludes territories (Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands)

NOTES: Data for 2010 are revised. 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). Beginning in 2012, data include estimated industry totals for agencies with a Small Systems Waiver in place and Rural reporters. 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, Monthly Database, available at www.ntdprogram.gov as of June 2013.