New Video Explains UCLA Study on Transit Ridership Decline

UCLA ITS attributes transit ridership declines to increases in car ownership and use. Capture from UCLA ITS video
UCLA ITS attributes transit ridership declines to increases in car ownership and use. Capture from UCLA ITS video
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The experts at UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies have a new video out that explains their recent study on why California and L.A. transit ridership has declined recently.

The 70-page January, 2018, study is well worth a read, but get the key points from the above video, or from Streetsblog’s explainer article.

The report and, especially its recommendations, are also summarized in a new infographic-laden document called Not Boarding – The Case of the Disappearing Transit Rider. UCLA ITS experts recommend several solutions, including:

  • expanding bus-only lanes
  • making easier integrated fare payment methods
  • charging variable distance-based transit fares
  • charging drivers closer to the real costs they incur, including congestion pricing and parking reform
  • using zoning to foster building more multi-modal transit-friendly places


  • maddog49

    You have forgotten about the bailout of GM and Chrysler by the Obama adminstration. Chrysler was given billions of dollars, while Italian car company Fiat took it over. The federal government itself took over GM, paying bond investors 8 cents on the dollar, while giving United Auto Workers something like 30 percent stake in the company. After several years of socialized GM, the government sold its stake to new private investors.

    However, the former GMAC financing company is still government-run. It offers sub-prime loans — very low interest rates with disregard to the credit-worthiness of the borrower. Millions of cars and trucks have been sold to people who can’t really afford them. Moreover, these are mostly large vehicles such as full-sized pickup trucks (often with crew cabs), full-size SUV’s, hulking crossover SUV’s, “mini-vans” that are not mini at all, big luxury sedans, and how about those over-sized recreational vehicles, 30 or 40 feet long?

    If you want to finger the government for supporting cars too much, you are double-talking unless you finger Obama for forcing American taxpayers to support GM. The ugly truth is that freeway congestion and the starving of mass transit systems are perverse consequences of VOTE BUYING by Obama on behalf of the Democratic Party, which has cast itself as the hero of major labor unions.

    The fact that the Democrats are trying to be the champions of mass transit after crushing ridership with give-away auto loans reiterates the adage about not being able to eat your cake and have it, too.

    You can argue that Republicans didn’t deserve to be given back control of the government, but you can’t convincingly argue that Democrats deserved to keep the control they lost. Really, both parties deserve to be dismantled for being power mongers.

  • neroden

    GMAC was renamed “Ally Financial” and the government sold it off in 2014.

    Which doesn’t change your point that the government bailed out the auto manufacturers.



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