Learn More: Public Transit Use


Variable Definition:
Transit Ridership: The percentage of the working population that primarily uses public transportation to get to and from work

American Community Survey, 5 Year Estimates, Table B08301
Years Available:
2006-2010, 2007-2011, 2008-2012, 2009-2013, 2010-2014, 2011-2015, 2012-16
Geographic Unit:
Census Tract

Why is this Variable Important to Measure?

Transit Ridership
Bus and rail systems are a key solution to consider when addressing traffic and pollution concerns in the county. For many individuals without vehicles, public transportation also serves as the only available form of transportation to and from work.
Transit Ridership can be used to measure how neighborhoods with more access to public transit are using that resource. As public transit becomes more accessible across the county over time, this variable will be an important measure of effectiveness in transit planning.

Fischer-Baum, Reuben. "How your city's public transit stacks up." FiveThirtyEight, 31 July 2014. Link
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