Performance Measure
Measure Name
Ridership on transit systems in Virginia.
Measure Last Modified
Apr 05 2019 01:50
Measure Last Published
Jun 13 2017 01:09
Measure Status
Data Source and Calculation

Transit ridership data is collected annually from public transportation operators by the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). The objective is to increase passenger trips by 2% per year. However, on a long-term horizon it is difficult to increase ridership during an economic recession so a 2% increase may not always be feasible.

Enterprise Priorities and Strategies
Enterprise InitiativeEnterprise PriorityEnterprise Strategy
TransportationMulti-ModalityExpand the role of non-highway modes of transportation in the Commonwealth’s transportation network.
Associated Service Areas
SA CodeSA Name
60901Public Transportation Programs
Measure ID50560901.001.001
Measure ClassAgency Key
Measure TypeOutcome
Year TypeState FY
Preferred TrendIncrease
Statistical Unit
Baseline and Targets
Target NameDateResultNote
Short Target 2020
Long Target 2022
Measure Results
YearResultExplanatory Note
2011191,853,250.00Previous results were reported as trips per person; however, the measure data point requested was a total ridership figure. Thus, FY2011 measures have been reported in the original method preferred.
2015203,094,049.00Ridership in the Washington metro area fell in FY 2015 due to fare increases, service cuts, and track work on the weekends. Although passenger trips have increased on most transit systems, the decrease in ridership in the metro area caused a slight decrease in overall ridership as compared to FY 2014.
2016168,911,398.00FY16 saw overall transit ridership reduction of 32.7 million riders, representing a 17 percent loss from FY15. 28.6 million, or 87 percent of the total loss in ridership was produced by one transit agency, WMATA. This was caused primarily by service problems which have disaffected riders. The remaining transit systems across Virginia experienced a 4 million reduction in riders or 6 percent loss from FY15. This reduction is mainly attributed to the fall in gas prices.
2018173,582,869.00FY18 saw a decrease of 1.9 percent loss compared to the prior year.
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