Transit in urbanized areas

Transit ridership, per-capita ridership, and ridership by mode in urbanized areas with 100-most used transit networks

Note: Bus ridership includes commuter buses, motor buses, bus rapid transit, and trolley buses. Data for Blacksburg, VA and Asheville, NC were out of normal range for July 2015; as a result, an average was taken for June and August 2015. View Transit ridership in urbanized areas source data.

Transit provision in urbanized areas, service per capita, and service utilization

View Transit provision in the U,S. source data.

Change in heavy rail ridership on U.S. systems since 2002

View Change in heavy rail ridership source data.

Change in bus ridership in U.S. urbanized areas since 2004

View change in bus ridership source data.

Change in bus vehicle revenue miles since 2004 in major urbanized areas

View Change in bus VRM source data.

Annual U.S. light rail ridership, 2002-2016

View Light rail ridership source data.

Annual U.S. streetcar ridership, 2002-2016

Note: Dallas streetcar ridership data provided by the FTA for January 2016 is very inconsistent with previous data, and therefore not used; the average of December 2015 and February 2016 data was used instead. Data for Portland was not available until January 2011 (despite system opening in 2001), and graph reflects that. Memphis streetcar ceased operating in June 2014; graph reflects that.View Streetcar ridership source data.


Figures are aggregated to include all transit service and population by urbanized area, which is a Census-defined region surrounding cities across the U.S.

Bus ridership and vehicle revenue miles include both motor buses and trolley buses.

Data sources

  • Transit ridership and service indicators: Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database (last updated June 2016).
  • Population: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Urbanized area population, 2014 1-year population estimates from the American Community Survey.

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