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APTA Announces Q1 Ridership

Ridership on all public transit modes, except for light and commuter rail services, experienced a downward tick in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year, according to APTA’s most recent ridership report and analysis.

Many public transit agencies attribute the decrease to an uptick in auto travel and ongoing low gas prices.

Even if a small number of transit riders choose instead to drive, those may have an outsized effect on the change in public transit ridership as measured in unlinked trips, according to APTA.

The analysis added that riders most likely to switch from public transit to cars often have longer or slower trips, multiple transfers or other factors that can detract from ease or convenience.

One transit rider with a long, multitransfer commute who switches to driving would show up as multiple lost unlinked trips, as compared to a rider with a short trip with no transfers, APTA added.

In addition, many public transit agencies have not yet fully recovered from service cutbacks due to the recent recession.

Find more ridership details here.
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