Understanding Changes in Demographics, Preferences, and Markets for Public Transportation

This report was developed to help transit managers, planners, and communities understand how changes in demographics, traveler preferences, and markets for public transportation affect transit ridership now and in the future. The research conducted for this project concludes that a mix of factors interacts and ultimately drives transit ridership. An individual’s demographics affect that person’s long-term values, current attitudes, and choice of neighborhood type. Each of these factors also affects the likelihood to ride transit. This research report presents findings in eight major areas: 1) demographic factors are critical for predicting future markets for transit; 2) location is critical for predicting the future markets for transit; 3) market-based preferences are critical for predicting the future markets for transit; 4) age, preferences, and location together affected changes over the past decade; 5) age, preferences, and location together can explain expected changes for the future; 6) transit level of service is more important than having a population that is pro-transit; 7) transportation network companies (TNCs) will offer more competition to transit; and 8) study results have important implications for transit leaders.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 95p
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677564
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309479905
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project H-51
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 9 2018 9:54AM