Sources of and Gaps in Data for Understanding Public Transit Ridership

This report presents and reviews the available sources of data on public transit riders and ridership. The authors intend it to be a resource for those who manage or simply wish to understand U.S. transit. In conducting this review, they consider the advantages and disadvantages of publicly available data on transit from a variety of public and private sources. The authors consider as well the relatively scarcer and less available sources of data on other providers of shared mobility, like ride-hail services, that compete with and complement public transit, as well as pieces they see as missing from the transit analytics pie. They conclude by discussing how data gaps both align with existing inequities and enable them to continue, unmeasured, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has made closing these gaps all the more important.

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    University of California, Los Angeles

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    3250 Public Affairs Building
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90095-1656

    University of California Institute of Transportation Studies

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  • Publication Date: 2021-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 42p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01768844
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UC-ITS-2020-33
  • Contract Numbers: UC-ITS-2020-33
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 22 2021 3:58PM