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Who Buys Source

Based on the national average, 55.5% of mass transit passengers are female; 44.5% are male.

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Percentage of mass transit passengers, by race: White, 40.6%; Black, 33.1%; Hispanic origin, 14.3%; Asian/Pacific Islander, 5.5%; Other or Multi-Ethnic, 6.6%.

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Annual family income of public transportation riders: Under $15,000, 20.1%; $15,000-$24,999, 14.8%; $25,000-$49,999, 30.8%; $50,000-$74,999, 15.8%; $75,000-$99,999, 9.0%; $100,000+, 9.5%.

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Share of public transportation riders, by age group: 14-and-under, 4.0%; 15-19, 8.5%; 20-24, 11.5%; 25-34, 21.7%; 35-44, 20.2%; 45-54, 17.5%; 55-64, 9.8%; 65+, 6.7%.

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Primary occupations of transit passengers: Employed, 72.1%; student, 10.7%; homemaker, 2.0%; retired, 6.7%; unemployed, 6.4%; other, 2.2%.

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

A 2006 study by Scarborough Research found that subway riders are 37% more likely than all consumers in subway markets to be ages 18-34; 15% more likely to have an annual household income of $150,000+; 75% more likely to be African-American; and 58% more likely to be Hispanic.

Scarborough Research, 2006

A 2006 survey by Scarborough Research found that commuter rail riders are 26% more likely than all consumers in rail markets to be ages 18-34; 41% more likely to have an annual household income of $150,000+; 75% more likely to be African-American; and 37% more likely to be Hispanic.

Scarborough Research, 2006

When They Buy Source

Monthly share of public transportation ridership totals (2-year average, 2004-2005): January, 7.9%; February, 7.9%; March, 8.8%; April, 8.5%; May, 8.3%; June, 8.3%; July, 7.9%; August, 8.3%; September, 8.7%; October, 8.9%; November, 8.5%; December, 8.0%.

 

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Why They Buy Source

Trip purpose of transit passengers: Work, 59.2%; school, 10.6%; shopping/dining, 8.5%; social purposes, 6.8%; personal business, 6.3%; medical/dental, 3.0%; other, 5.7%.

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

According to a 2007 survey of commuters, conducted by Discover Financial Services, of those respondents who drive their vehicles to work, only 24% said they were "somewhat" or "very likely" to take public transportation because of high fuel costs.

Discover Financial Services, 2007

How They Buy Source

Average fare per unlinked passenger trip in 2005, by mode of public transportation: Bus, 78 cents; commuter rail, $4.08; demand response, $2.22; ferryboat, $1.69; heavy rail, $1.07; light rail, 65 cents; trolleybus, 54 cents; vanpool, $2.04; other (includes cable car, monorail, aerial tramway, etc.), $1.02.

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

What They Buy Source

Share of weekday unlinked public transportation trips taken in 2005, by mode: Bus, 59.7%; heavy rail, 28.6%; commuter rail, 4.3%; light rail, 3.9%; demand response, 1.3%; trolleybus, 1.1%; other, 1.1%.

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Average length of unlinked transit trip in 2005, by mode (totals in miles): Bus, 3.7; commuter rail, 22.4; demand response, 8.5; ferryboat, 6.0; heavy rail, 5.1; light rail, 4.5; trolleybus, 1.6; vanpool, 33.9; other (includes cable car, monorail, aerial tramway, etc.), 1.0.
 

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Where They Buy Source

U.S. cities with the largest percentage of residents who commute to work on buses, trains and light rail systems: New York City, 54.6%; Washington, DC, 37.7%; San Francisco, 32.7%; Boston, 31.7%; Philadelphia, 25.9%; Chicago, 25.3%; Baltimore, 18.9%; Seattle, 17.0%; Oakland, 16.5%; Portland, 13.3%.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2007

Light rail systems experiencing the greatest increases in ridership totals in 2006 were San Jose (+36.6%), New Jersey (20.1%), Minneapolis (+18.4%), St. Louis (+16.2%), Salt Lake City (+14.2%) and Philadelphia (+10.8%). Heavy rail systems with the biggest increases in 2006 ridership were Los Angeles (+10.8%), New Jersey (+10.1%), Staten Island (+9.4%), Atlanta (+6.3%) and Chicago (+4.5%).

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Commuter rail systems showing the largest increase in ridership totals during 2006 were the rail system servicing south Florida based in Miami (+21.3%), the rail system servicing Pennsylvania based in Harrisburg, PA (+18.9%), the rail system between South Bend, IN, and Chicago (+10.7%), the commuter service that runs between Stockton and San Jose, CA (+8.8%), and the Shore Line East rail service based in New Haven, CT (+6.1%).

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Large bus transit systems experiencing noteworthy increases in ridership totals during 2006 included Seattle (+12.1%), San Antonio (+9.0%), Dallas (+8.3%), Los Angeles (+6.2%): and Houston (+6.1%).

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Metro areas with populations over 1,000,000 with the highest number of unlinked public transportation passenger trips on 2005: 1. New York-Newark; 2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana; 3. Chicago; 4. Washington, DC; 5. San Francisco-Oakland; 6. Boston; 7. Philadelphia; 8. Seattle; 9. Miami; 10. Atlanta. 

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Approximately half of the nation's public transportation commuters can be found in 10 of the nation's 50 cities with the most workers age 16 or over: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2007

Ten largest transit agencies, ranked by number of unlinked passenger trips in 2005: 1. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York); 2. Chicago Transit Authority; 3. Los Angeles County MTA; 4. Washington Metro Area TA; 5. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (Boston); 6. Southeastern Pennsylvania TA (Philadelphia); 7. New Jersey Transit Corporation; 8. San Francisco Municipal Railway; 9. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid TA; 10. Tri-County Metro Transportation District of Oregon (Portland).

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

According to a survey of visitors to America's largest cities, 34% indicated they would be using public transportation in traveling around town during the summer of 2007. The top 10 city travel destinations, with their transit use among visitors: New York (48%), Washington, DC (46%), Boston (43%), San Francisco (40%), Philadelphia (34%), Chicago (31%), Seattle (30%), Las Vegas (26%), Los Angeles (26%) and Atlanta (22%).

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Business Trends Source

For the first time in 49 years, Americans took more than 10 billion trips on local public transportation in 2006. The 2006 total of 10.088 billion trips was 2.9% higher than the 2005 figure of 9.806 billion. According to the American Public Transportation Association, public transit use is up 30% since 1995. 

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Light rail (modern streetcars, trolleys and heritage trolleys) had the highest percentage increase in ridership totals among all public transportation modes in 2006, at 5.6%. Heavy rail posted the second largest increase at 4.1%, followed by commuter rail at 3.2%. Demand response ridership grew 2.9% in 2006, while the number of transit bus riders climbed 2.3%.

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

Approximately 6,500 public transportation systems operate in the U.S. and Canada, with most of these agencies providing more than one mode of service. An estimated 1,500 agencies offer bus service, 5,900 operate demand response service, 80 provide rail service, and 150 operate other modes.

American Public Transportation Association, 2007

How Americans get to work: Drive alone, 77.0%; car pool, 10.7%; public transportation, 4.7%; work from home, 3.6%; walk, 2.5%; bicycle, 0.4%; motorcycle, 0.2%; taxi, 0.1%; other means, 0.9%.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2007

Misc Source

Large U.S. cities with some of the highest rates of car pooling include Mesa (16.7%), Phoenix (16.2%), Sacramento (15.7%), Honolulu (15.6%) and Fresno (15.1%).

U.S. Census Bureau, 2007