Transit Ridership

Transit Ridership

Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted

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Transit riders in the United States took 9.9 billion unlinked passenger trips in 2009. Approximately 52% of these trips occurred on motor bus, 35% on heavy rail, and roughly four-and-a-half percent for each commuter rail and light rail.

Transit Ridership Aug-09 Aug-10
Motor Bus Ridership (million unlinked passenger trips) 418.2 419.1
Percent change from same month previous year -6.81 0.20
Heavy Rail and Light Rail Ridership (million unlinked passenger trips) 326.7 346.1
Percent change from same month previous year -3.66 5.94
All Other Modes Ridership (million unlinked passenger trips) 66.9 65.6
Percent change from same month previous year -2.93 -2.06

NOTES: All other modes includes commuter rail, monorail, cable car, automated guideway, inclined plane, demand response, trolley bus, van pool, and ferry boat.

Data for the most recent two months is estimated for agencies that have yet to report.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, available at as of October 2010.