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  • 2015 APTA High-Speed Train Survey - September 2015
    In a survey conducted by TechnoMetrica for APTA, two-thirds (63 percent) of Americans are likely to use high-speed trains if high-speed rail were available today. This jumps to nearly seventy (67) percent when respondents were informed of the costs and time saving benefits of high-speed rail service. Accompanying infographic
  • 2015 APTA Summer Travel Survey - June 2015
  • APTA Surveys Transit Agencies on Providing Information and Real-Time Arrivals to Customers - September 2013
    The results of a survey conducted by APTA on the ways in which transit agencies are providing real-time arrival information to transit passengers.
  • Americans' Support for Public Transportation - June 2013
    This survey conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute provides evidence that there is growing support for an already strong majority of people in favor of expanding public transportation. Nearly 74 percent of respondents agreed to use of their tax dollars to create, expand and improve public transportation in their community.
  • 2013 "Travel Like a Local" Summer Travel Survey - May 2013
    Nearly three in five Americans visiting a major U.S. city this summer plan to use public transportation during their stay. The five most popular cities for travel this summer are New York, Miami, Chicago, Orlando and San Francisco. The survey found that Millennial (18-24) are most likely to use public transportation while on vacation, with 73 percent reporting yes. Major motivators for using public transportation included not having to worry about finding a parking space (73 percent), saving money on parking fees (69 percent), and not having to navigate a car within a new city (64 percent).
  • Impacts of the Recession on Public Transportation Agencies: Update -- August 2011
  • Impacts of the Recession on Public Transportation Businesses -- August 2011
  • An Analysis of Proposed U.S. House of Representatives Actions and Their Impact on Public Transportation - September 2011
    This report analyzes the impact of a one-third cut in federal public transportation spending proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives.  The report estimates that 620,000 jobs would be lost over the course of a six-year authorization period as a result of the cuts.  The report also includes survey responses from APTA member transit agencies and businesses.
  • Business Member Economic Outlook for 2011 - February 2011
  • Impacts of the Recession on Public Transportation Agencies -- March 2010
  • Survey of State Funding for Public Transportation (2010) -- provides a summary of state level transit funding. Information includes funding sources, amounts, program, eligible uses and allocation, and per capita state transit funding for fiscal year 2008. Fiscal year 2007 version here.
  • Challenge of State and Local Funding Constraints on Transit Systems: Effects on Service, Fares, Employment, and Ridership -- June 2009
  • How Transit Agencies are Addressing the Impact of Fuel Price and Ridership Increases - September, 2008
  • Impact of Rising Fuel Costs on Transit Service -- May 2008
  • A Profile of Public Transportation Passenger Demographics and Travel Characteristics Reported in On-Board Surveys - 2008
    Data from 150 on-board surveys conducted by  public transportation agencies between the years of 2000 and 2005.  This is the largest-ever on-board survey study about the public transportation industry.  These surveys summarized the results of questionnaires completed by more than 496,000 public transit riders.  The report compares new data to APTA's previous publication, Americans in Transit.
  • Public Transportation Fact Book
    National aggregate statistical data covering all aspects of the transit industry in the United States and Canada.  Major sections include an overview of U.S. transit facts, transit finances and operating statistics by modes of travel in the last 10 years, transit vehicle characteristics and deliveries, facts and numbers relating to federal grants and the Federal Transit Act, and statistical trends of Canadian transit operations. Published annually in March.
  • Public Transportation Fare Database
    Annual report of major elements of fare structures by mode for approximately 250 or more U.S. transit agencies and 15 Canadian transit agencies. The report includes fixed-route adult base fares, surcharges, common fare payment options, special categorized passenger fares, and demand response (or paratransit) passenger fares. Published annually in October. The database is available for download and includes files in Microsoft Excel and Access, and Adobe PDF formats.
  • Public Transportation Infrastructure Database
    Annual report listing major transit infrastructure in the U.S. and Canada. Includes rail line data and station, stop and parking data for all modes. Also includes status, mileage, and opening dates of future rail projects. Published biannually in December. Database available for download in Microsoft Excel and Access, and Adobe PDF formats.
  • Public Transportation Ridership Report
    Quarterly report of transit passenger ridership comparisons of 250 or more U.S. transit agencies and 15 Canadian transit agencies. The report includes ridership data comparisons from current quarter to same quarter in the previous year, current year-to-date to previous year, and month-to-month in the current and previous year. National estimates of unlinked transit passenger trips are also included.
  • Public Transportation Vehicle Database
    Annual report of revenue vehicles by fleet characteristics, including date of manufacture, manufacturer, model, length, and equipment. Includes summary tables which group vehicles by mode and list by manufacturer, size, year built, and equipment. Special section on the new vehicle market includes orders, planned orders, prior year deliveries, and vehicle costs. Approximately 300 transit systems included. Published annually in June. Database available for download in Microsoft Excel and Access, and Adobe PDF formats.
  • Public Transportation Programs for Seniors -- December 2007
  • Survey of United States Transit System Security Needs and Funding Priorities -- 2004
  • Transit Performance Monitoring System (TPMS) Summary Report Phase I & II - 2002
    Transit Performance Monitoring System (TPMS) Summary Report Phase III - 2004
    These reports present the results of a project to implement a transit performance monitoring system (TPMS). The TPMS was designed to collect data on transit customers through the use of on-board surveys. The long-term goal of the TPMS initiative is to standardize the collection of data, and thereby provide a basic, but comprehensive analysis of the performance and benefits of transit service. The project was funded through a cooperative agreement between FTA and APTA. Newer data on transit passengers is available in the Profile of Public Transportation Passenger Demographics and Travel Characteristics.
  • Rail Operations Control Centers Survey - 1998
    This survey of 28 transit systems provides details of the organizations, staffing, communication displays and layouts of rail operations control centers. The survey was conducted by the APTA Operations Control Center Subcommittee of the Rail Operations Committee.
    Members $30, Nonmembers $60, available on the APTA Bookstore.
  • Rapid Transit (Rail) Fare Collection Survey - 1993
    This survey of 33 rail properties in North America provides details of the types of fare collection systems including fare media, equipment, reliability, and maintenance. The survey was conducted by the APTA Revenue Management Committee. 108 pages.
    Members $30, Nonmembers $60, available in the APTA Bookstore.
  • Rising Fuel Costs: Impacts on Transit Ridership and Agency Operations -- September 2008
  • Roster of North American Rapid Transit Cars - 1993
    This document is a compilation of data on rapid transit cars in service as of July 1993. It includes cars in the United States and Canada. Data includes 345 characteristics such as cost, performance, dimensions, weights, electrical equipment, heating and ventilating systems, traction motors, propulsion equipment, lighting systems, and trucks and suspensions. The Roster is organized in alphabetical order by transit system name. 
    Members $45, Nonmembers $90, available in the APTA Bookstore.
  • Effects of Fare Changes on Bus Ridership - 1991
    Abridged version (eight pages) of the report, “Fare Elasticity and its Application to Forecasting Transit Demand,” prepared for general use by transit executives, managers, and planners. The document briefly summarizes the research methodology and discusses the effects of fare changes on bus ridership by peak vs. off-peak hours and by population category for 52 transit systems.
    Free, available on the APTA Bookstore.
  • Fare Elasticity and Its Application to Forecasting Transit Demand - 1991
    Technical research applying the ARIMA model in estimating bus fare elasticities of 52 transit systems in the United States. The report describes data collection procedures and a special survey conducted to obtain monthly data for the model. The estimation models and research results are presented and evaluated in detail.
    Members $30, Nonmembers $60, available on the APTA Bookstore.
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