The Spatial Effect of Socio-Economic Demographics on Transit Ridership: a Case Study in New York

This research will quantify the spatial impacts that demographics and economics have on public transit ridership. Previous research that attempted to investigate the relationship between ridership at a given transit stop and the social and economic characteristics of the neighborhood in which the transit stop is located have implicitly ignored spatial effects. In reality, the project will observe that the passengers embarking or disembarking at a given transit stop live, work, and recreate in both the immediate neighborhood as well as the adjacent neighborhoods. This research determines the magnitude of the socio-economic influences on public transit ridership and determines at what distance from a transit stop do these influences becomes negligible. In order to accomplish these goals, portions of the New York City subway system and the surrounding communities will be used as a case study.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $23663
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Project Managers:

    Eickemeyer, Penny

  • Performing Organizations:

    Manhattan College

    Bronx,   United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Volovski, Matthew

  • Start Date: 20160901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01612963
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 49198-26-28
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 4 2016 3:50PM