Since 1946 Transit Ridership in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky has fallen by 85%.
In 1946, NKY transit ridership was 41,000,000. The next year, they abandoned their streetcars. By 1956 transit ridership was down to 20,000,000. To be fair, cities around the country saw their transit ridership decrease during this period. In New York, subway ridership fell 22% from 1946 to 2006, a considerable amount, but nowhere near the decrease seen in our local systems. In terms of attracting and retaining riders, the ‘bus only’ experiment for our local transit systems has been a complete failure.