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Subject: Mass transit ridership
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: chinster-ga
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Posted: 21 Nov 2006 21:33 PST
Expires: 21 Dec 2006 21:33 PST
Question ID: 784708
Question 1: Mass transit ridership (Subway,rail and bus etc) for the
largest 20 transit cities (New York, paris, mexico city, London etc).
Question 2: The number of people who visit those top 20 cities each year.

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 22 Nov 2006 02:17 PST
Note to chinster: After getting the information for 17 out of 20
_U.S._ cities, I reread the question. -- D'oh! -- If I get motivated
tomorrow, I'll start over, although considering how close Thanksgiving
is, maybe not till Friday.


Note to self: Reread question a few times before searching for 4 hours!

Clarification of Question by chinster-ga on 22 Nov 2006 21:42 PST
I would also pay for the same for information for top 20 U.S Cities. Don't fret :-)

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 23 Nov 2006 12:59 PST
Really?  Wow!  Maybe it wasn't wasted work!
Subject: Re: Mass transit ridership
Answered By: umiat-ga on 05 Dec 2006 18:41 PST
Hello, chinster-ga!

 Since all activity on your question dwindled, I went ahead and
compiled some statistics for you to review before the GA service wound
down to a final halt!

 The American Public Transportation Association has a ranking of U.S.
cities according to mass transit ridership. Unfortunately, I could
find no such statistics ranking cities on a global level. Therefore, I
answered your question according to your last clarification - "I would
also pay for the same for information for top 20 U.S Cities."

 Additionally, I have culled some available data for mass transit
ridership statistics for other large cities around the world


"The mass transit marketplace is truly global, with the European and
Asia Pacific (AP) travel communities dominating the landscape. In
fact, their relative use of mass transit is staggering, with combined
ridership levels accounting for 85 percent of worldwide traffic. The
EMEA and AP geographic regions claim nine of the 10 largest subway
systems (in terms of annual ridership), which on their own represent
nearly 40 percent of the worldwide market.

"Moscow and Tokyo operate the largest subway systems, with 8.8 million
and 7.4 million daily passengers respectively."

"Hong Kong, which accounts for 7 million daily transit transactions,
has 87 percent of its population using mass transit on a daily basis."

"Seoul, Mexico City, Paris, Osaka and London also are major players in
the mass transit marketplace."

From EDS viewpoint paper - Last modified 3/10/2006


The American Public Transportatin Association has some excellent data. 

From "Annual Unlinked Passenger Trips and Passenger Miles."
Annual Unlinked Passenger Trips and Passenger Miles for Urbanized
Areas Over 1,000,000 Population,  Fiscal Year 2004 (Thousands)

* Unlinked Passenger Trips is the number of passengers who board
public transportation vehicles.  Passengers are counted each time they
board vehicles no matter how many vehicles they use to travel from
their origin to their destination.

* Passenger Miles is the cumulative sum of the distances ridden by each passenger.

"All ridership data reported in this book relate to trips taken--not to people--
because that is how data are collected and reported. The heavy use of
passes, transfers, joint tickets, and cash by people transferring from
one vehicle to another, one mode to another, and from one public
transportation agency to another makes it impossible to count people.
Only boardings (unlinked passenger trips) can be counted with any
accuracy. At the largest public transportation agencies, even the
number of boardings may be estimated for at least a portion of the
ridership (e.g., free shuttle vehicles without
fareboxes and light rail service using the "proof-of-payment" system).


 1. New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT      3,383,886.2        18,966,321.2
 2. Los Angeles-Long Beach           606,842.5         2,790,328.1
 3. Chicago, IL-IN                   582,785.7         3,751,324.8
 4. Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD        350,517.6         1,589,177.9
 5. Miami, FL                        151,222.1           756,782.9
 6. Dallas-Fort Worth                 85,764.4           436,105.1
 7. Boston, MA-NH-RI                 396,087.1         1,888,774.3
 8. Washington, DC-VA-MD             442,936.2         2,266,691.6
 9. Detroit, MI                       45,393.2           242,781.5
10. Houston, TX                       95,881.6           565,113.0  
11. Atlanta, GA                      147,582.3           802,673.6 
12. San Francisco-Oakland, CA        415,112.8         2,233,441.3 
13. Phoenix-Mesa, AZ                  55,334.2           224,274.4
14. Seattle, WA                      156,255.6         1,015,891.8 
15. San Diego, CA                     88,604.5           512,939.6
16. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN          67,398.6           318,719.3
17. San Juan, PR                      84,941.0           386,988.5
19. Baltimore, MD                    114,289.7           658,775.6
20. Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL          21,026.7           105,780.8


The Urban Transport Fact Book website also ranks metropolitan mass
transit ridership by:

Unlinked Trips (000) 
Passenger Miles (000) 
Unlinked Passenger Trips/Capita 
Passenger Miles/Capita

Please look at the tables on the following link

GLOBAL CITIES AND Mass transit ridership statistics 

* I know the numbers below do not include all forms of mass transit,
but I could find no comprehensive sources outlining ridership for
various global cities. Since this research involves such a large
undertaking, I had to cull bits of informations from whatever source I
could find.

"Bus patronage increased in London by a massive 54 per cent over 10
years, growing from 1.16 billion passengers in 1994 to 1,782 million
in 2004....London Underground has also been celebrating record
numbers, carrying more passengers than ever before in 2004, with 976
million passengers.

Read "London leads the way in the public transport revolution." Nov. 2005

"The public transportation network is the primary mode of transport
for the vast majority of the island's inhabitants, with approximately
1.2 million riders per day utilizing the MRT and LRT systems, and
roughly 3 million people riding the buses."

Metro - "There are 3500 cars which transport roughly 6 million people per day."

The Metrobus system "attracted 4.5 million passengers in its first
three weeks, and it is currently carrying as many as 250,000
passengers daily."

Seoul Metro Subway - 2 million daily passengers on 4 lines
Seoul Metro Rapid Transit - 2 million daily passengers on 4 lines
Incheon Rapid Transit - 325,000 daily riders
Korean Railroad - 2.2 million daily riders

8.8 million daily subway passengers

Renfe?s commuter raiL carries 114 million passengers per year. FGC
operates two commuter rail lines and carries 76 million passengers per


7.4 million daily subway passengers

"The public transport system runs 12,000 buses, which carry an average
4.8 million passengers per day."

Bus Rapid Transit - "Bogota followed with its own version in 2000 that
currently serves about 750,000 commuters daily."

"It is estimated some 20 million people take the 70 plus train and
subway lines, and go through 1000 stations in the metropolitan area

"The public transport system runs 1,677 buses...which carry an average
976,000 passengers per day.

The bust system is currently handling "200,000 passengers each day for
an annual total of 85 million passenger trips."


The U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism
Industries has compiled statistics on "Overseas Visitors" to major
U.S. cities. I have extracted visitor data which coincides with the
mass transit city list above.

From "Overseas Visitors to Select U.S. Cities/Hawaiian Islands 2005-2004."

NEW YORK - 5,810,000

LOS ANGELES - 2,580,000

CHICAGO - 1,106,000 

Foreign and domestic - "Thirty-three million foreign and domestic
visitors came to Chicago in 2005."


MIAMI - 2,081,000


BOSTON - 802,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 1,106,000

 Foreign and domestic - "Each year the Baltimore/Wash. D.C region
draws nearly 22 million tourists visiting  the area?s national
monuments, museums, and government buildings."

DETROIT - 217,000

HOUSTON - 369,000

ATLANTA - 564,000

SAN FRANCISCO - 2,124,000
Foreign and domestic: "The number of visitors to San Francisco in 2005
was 15.74 million, up 4.1 percent from 2004."

PHOENIX - 195,000

SEATTLE - 347,000

SAN DIEGO - 499,000


BALTIMORE - 152,000



The following document contains mass transit ridership numbers for
cities in Europe, Asia, and North America from the 1990's. It might be
of some interest, even if outdated.

See Table 4 - Ridership Trends of Urban Rail Services
"Monitoring of Mass Transit Systems." June 1996


This document contains some excellent general information on mass
transit systems around the world, but it is short on numbers.

"Mass Transit Options." Revised July 2005.


 I hope the information I have provided helps to answer your questions!



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Subject: Re: Mass transit ridership
From: keystroke-ga on 23 Nov 2006 19:50 PST
Yay Cynthia!
Subject: Re: Mass transit ridership
From: chinster-ga on 28 Nov 2006 22:13 PST
Hi, Any update on the stats?

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