Cincinnati’s Transit Ridership Lags Behind Peer Cities

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Cincinnati is the 24th largest metro area in the country. Compared to similarly sized cities, our transit ridership is much lower.  Denver, Pittsburgh, Portland, and Cleveland all have rail systems and they all have over double the transit ridership of bus-only Cincinnati.  Two things are clear, rail attracts more riders than bus systems, and cities of a similar size to Cincinnati are large enough to support rail.

Transit Ridership Chart

Note: Pittsburgh Yearly Ridership data is extrapolated from daily ridership data. Cincy USA includes both Metro and TANK.

3 thoughts on “Cincinnati’s Transit Ridership Lags Behind Peer Cities

    Travis said:
    January 13, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    There’s no way Streetcar opponents can look at the numbers and say that it isn’t a good investment for Cincinnati. City council members should know better than anyone else that if we don’t build this system now, make excuses and put it off, it will never get built. Let’s get the system up and running, and the next debate will be over where to extend the system next.

    Jason said:
    January 16, 2009 at 1:01 am

    I couldn’t agree more with the poster above. I’ve still not heard any reasonable, logical argument as to how the streetcars are not a good investment.
    City Council has already done its homework and proven that this is a smart move. Just get it done!

    Randy Simes said:
    January 17, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Rail transit offers much higher carrying capacities compared to busses and offer an additional transit option which then results in larger service area. It’s no wonder why Cincinnati lags behind its peer cities.

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