Determining the Elements Needed to Create High-Ridership Transit Systems

Increasing ridership is a national goal and a high priority for all transit systems. Increasing ridership is important to sustain public investment in transit, particularly in a resource-constrained environment. Ridership is generally used by public authorities as the basis for measuring the effectiveness of public transportation investments. In addition, strong transit ridership supports a wide variety of public policy goals, including energy conservation, air-quality improvement, congestion relief, mobility for transportation-disadvantaged groups, livable communities, and economic development and sustained growth. Increasing transit ridership also improves the efficiency of the overall transportation system by using available capacity. There have been numerous success stories among transit systems for increasing ridership that can be emulated, and there is extensive literature on measures to increase ridership that has not been presented in a single source. Policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders need a guidebook that can be applied within the specific circumstances of local transit operations to better understand the common elements of transit systems that have successfully increased ridership. The objective of this research is to produce a guidebook of strategies for increasing transit ridership. The products of this research are intended to aid managers, policymakers, and key stakeholders.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project H-32

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Performing Organizations:

    TranSystems Corporation

    ,   USA 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fleishman, Daniel

  • Start Date: 20040915
  • Actual Completion Date: 20061230
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11577

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460637
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transit Cooperative Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project H-32
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:29PM