mfastx Posted July 25, 2012 Share Posted July 25, 2012 (edited) Over on SSP I saw a neat graph showing the change in transit ridership for major cities from 1997 to present day. Houston's ridership was virtually unchanged, but I wanted to know more specifically where ridership increased and decreased. Here is a graph I prepared showing METRO riderhip from 1997 to 2012 (statistics are provided by the APTA). Red represents total ridership, blue represents bus ridership, and the weird lime-green color represents METRORail ridership. Park and ride ridership is not included from 1996-2007. In 2008, the APTA either stopped reporting P&R ridership, or bundled it with standard bus ridership. For some reason, since they stopped specifying P&R ridership, total ridership dropped dramatically, which leads me to believe that P&R ridership is not reported for whatever reason, hence the low riderhship post-2007. Well anyway, riderhsip hit its peak in 2001 and has since remained relatively the same. I have noticed that riderhip drops coincide with our last two recessions, so I'm guessing that since gasoline prices were lower post recession, public transit ridership dropped. For example, in 2002 after the September 11 attacks, bus riderhsip dropped until around 2005 and then leveled off. Another drop in bus and rail ridership happened in 2009. I just wanted to share this interesting information with y'all. I am happy to create other graphs comparing Houston's transit ridership with other cities if you'd like. So what do you think? Edited July 25, 2012 by mfastx Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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