Washington, D.C. – Americans took more than 2.5 billion passenger trips on public transportation in the second quarter of 2019, according to the quarterly “Transit Ridership Report” released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), representing 11 million trips more than during the same period last year.
These second quarter results show an increase of nearly one-half percent across all modes compared to the second quarter of 2018. This includes a rise of 1.44% for heavy rail, 3.54% for commuter rail systems, 0.5% in bus systems in population areas exceeding 2 million people, and 1.51% in systems in communities of less than 100,000 residents.
“Mobility is a focus of communities nationwide and public transit is a safe, reliable and convenient option for tens of millions of residents. Every day, public transportation gets Americans to work, to education, and to healthcare,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “While trends fluctuate with driving patterns and gas prices, public transit systems continue to enhance the customer experience while also striving to innovate to meet the needs of our riders.”
Notable increases in ridership include:
Heavy Rail –
Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (DC) +3.27%
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY) +2.57%
Light Rail & Streetcars –
King County Department of Transportation (WA) +10.5%
Sacramento Regional Transit District (CA) +10.2%
Minneapolis Metro Transit (MN) +8.6%
Sunrail (FL) 84.5%
Denver Regional Transportation District (CO) 29.2%
New York MTA Long Island Railroad (NY) 10.6%
Blacksburg Transit (VA) 27.9%
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (TX)) 8.2%
Alameda-Contra Costa Transportation District (CA) 5.8%
The full Transit Ridership Report is available here.