Elements Needed for High Ridership

In light of the increasing recognition in this country of transit’s role in furthering a broad range of public policy goals, the transit industry is increasingly focusing on the need to attract and sustain high ridership. There has been considerable research over the years on the various types of strategies that have been used to accomplish this as well as on the relative impacts of internal and external factors on demand. Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Project H-32 (Determining the Elements Needed to Create High Ridership Transit Systems) has been initiated to (1) review previous research on the factors affecting transit ridership, (2) identify examples of transit agencies that have successfully generated and sustained high ridership, and (3) develop guidance materials on the types of strategies, actions, and initiatives that these agencies have used to generate high ridership. This paper summarizes the key findings from the initial phase of this study. The paper describes industrywide ridership trends and factors affecting ridership, and identifies the different categories of strategies/actions/initiatives that can be used by agencies in an effort to significantly raise ridership.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: 2005 Bus & Paratransit Conference

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01001937
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594163
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 2005 2:40PM