Transit Ridership

What is the indicator?

Transit ridership further illustrates transportation behaviors in Champaign County. The transit ridership data shown here includes all rides on C-U MTD buses that operate within the Champaign-Urbana urbanized area.

 

What does the data say? Are there any notable trends?

 

Transit Ridership

 JulyOctoberDecemberFebruaryTotal
FY97287,1361,052,714807,5081,157,6789,501,302
FY98289,2691,142,300753,231982,4538,670,906
FY99281,9141,055,683673,6961,006,7728,628,101
FY00297,8481,060,153650,0671,091,1318,800,655
FY01270,2131,085,119825,3561,159,92810,102,665
FY02286,5521,227,976524,7471,118,9899,084,277
FY03311,0411,169,216787,2011,133,3639,369,218
FY04338,4941,305,943813,1611,154,05710,435,923
FY05341,0831,217,625739,9411,200,63710,136,585
FY06289,1691,135,129736,50411,679,749,958,497
FY07306,9921,219,370663,3041,007,1029,464,314
FY08301,4461,129,080563,2331,146,3549,365,436
FY09365,2891,178,063798,7941,175,7039,919,993
FY10342,6391,188,246777,1981,246,45110,134,192
FY11387,2101,201,806797,5561,177,82810,549,120
FY12401,8831,254,804777,6171,305,14211,107,631
FY13447,1781,391,576887,2091,374,65312,028,172
FY14487,3631,538,3091,044,0641,582,33013,309,332
FY15524,1781,606,3401,068,610

 

The number of rides per year had short periods of increasing and decreasing trends between 1997 and 2008. Since 2008, there has been a consistent and marked increase in rides per year.

The number of rides varies by month. July has consistently had the lowest ridership numbers of any month, followed by December. October and February are the two months with the highest ridership numbers.

 

Why is this important?/Why did we include it in our set of indicators?

It is impossible to make a thorough evaluation of transportation conditions in Champaign County, or anywhere, without looking at the available transit. This indicator is closely related to Commuter Mode Share, another indicator in the Mobility category; however, the Commuter Mode Share measure does not capture non-work trips, while Transit Ridership includes all trips made on transit for any reason.

 

Where did we get the data, and how often is it released?

The Champaign Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS) receives this data from C-U MTD on an annual basis.

 

Source: Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District