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A New Resource for Tracking Transit Trends in American Cities

This graph, which is interactive at the Transport Politic, shows how heavy rail systems are faring across U.S. cities.
This graph, which is interactive at the Transport Politic, shows how heavy rail systems are faring across U.S. cities.
Whittier's under construction bike/walk path (left) runs along active railroad tracks (right) - 2022 photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog

How does transit ridership in your city stack up against other cities? A new tool from transit analyst extraordinaire Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic can help you figure it out.

Freemark's "databook" compiles a raft of data from the Census and the Federal Transit Administration into a series of graphs and tables that show trends in transit ridership in selected U.S. cities. Here you can see how bus ridership is floundering in many American cities (but not Seattle):

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Chart: Transport Politic
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Be sure to check out the site itself, which has several more charts and tables.

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