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Table 4-3: Transit Ridership in the 50 Largest Urbanized Areas: 2012 and 2013

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Urbanized area Population (2010) Rank by population Annual unlinked passenger trips (thousands) Percent in 2013 Percent in 2012
2013 2012 Motor bus Heavy rail Light rail Commuter rail Other Motor bus Heavy rail Light rail Commuter rail Other
New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT 18,351,295 1 4,299,316 4,178,127 27.7 63.6 0.4 6.1 0.9 28.8 63.6 0.5 6.2 0.9
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 12,150,996 2 681,565 679,932 77.9 7.3 9.3 2.0 1.8 80.1 7.2 8.9 2.1 1.8
Chicago, IL-IN 8,608,208 3 648,055 664,108 51.6 35.4 0.0 11.9 1.1 52.4 34.8 0.0 11.7 1.1
Miami, FL 5,502,379 4 171,635 168,182 77.3 12.4 0.0 2.4 7.9 78.3 11.4 0.0 2.4 7.8
Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,441,567 5 380,981 371,544 51.2 29.3 0.0 9.9 2.4 50.2 29.7 7.8 9.9 2.4
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,121,892 6 80,648 80,607 56.4 0.0 36.5 2.6 3.9 57.6 0.0 35.4 2.7 4.2
Houston, TX 4,944,332 7 84,791 82,223 71.8 0.0 13.4 0.0 5.2 80.9 0.0 13.8 0.0 5.2
Washington, DC-VA-MD 4,586,770 8 473,403 479,674 40.0 57.8 0.0 1.0 0.5 40.3 58.2 0.0 1.0 0.5
Atlanta, GA 4,515,419 9 140,132 139,959 46.8 49.7 0.0 0.0 1.4 48.3 50.4 0.0 0.0 1.3
Boston, MA-NH-RI 4,181,019 10 403,160 408,893 30.2 41.8 17.4 8.7 1.8 30.3 40.7 18.3 8.8 1.9
Detroit, MI 3,734,090 11 45,838 46,479 88.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 11.9 90.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.5
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 3,629,114 12 76,807 75,431 78.6 0.0 18.6 0.0 2.8 78.6 0.0 18.6 0.0 2.8
San Francisco-Oakland, CA 3,281,212 13 449,674 440,217 38.8 28.1 10.1 3.6 17.5 39.0 28.0 11.8 3.1 18.1
Seattle, WA 3,059,393 14 201,644 196,621 57.7 0.0 4.8 1.5 25.6 67.3 0.0 5.3 1.4 25.9
San Diego, CA 2,956,746 15 154,010 102,031 54.0 0.0 41.3 1.1 2.2 62.6 0.0 33.0 1.6 2.8
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI 2,650,890 16 95,088 94,674 85.9 0.0 10.7 0.8 2.5 85.8 0.0 11.1 0.7 2.4
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL 2,441,770 17 30,945 30,511 96.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5 96.6 0.0 1.0 0.0 2.4
Denver-Aurora, CO 2,374,203 18 101,684 98,716 75.1 0.0 23.4 0.0 1.5 77.7 0.0 20.9 0.0 1.4
Baltimore, MD 2,203,663 19 108,096 107,991 63.8 14.1 8.0 8.4 1.9 67.6 14.3 8.2 8.1 1.9
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,150,706 20 49,900 50,287 64.0 0.0 34.2 0.0 1.8 64.1 0.0 34.1 0.0 1.9
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA 1,932,666 21 25,790 25,566 94.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.4 95.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.1
Las Vegas-Henderson, NV 1,886,011 22 65,874 65,867 84.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.4 91.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.3
Portland, OR-WA 1,849,898 23 111,675 113,365 57.7 0.0 35.1 0.0 1.3 59.1 0.0 39.7 0.0 1.2
Cleveland, OH 1,780,673 24 50,067 49,115 69.3 12.8 5.8 0.0 2.0 79.5 12.7 5.8 0.0 2.0
San Antonio, TX 1,758,210 25 46,963 47,508 96.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.1 96.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.1
Pittsburgh, PA 1,733,853 26 65,462 67,410 83.4 0.0 12.3 0.0 3.2 83.5 0.0 11.5 0.0 5.0
Sacramento, CA 1,723,634 27 31,867 31,087 53.2 0.0 42.4 0.0 2.1 54.7 0.0 43.7 0.0 1.6
San Jose, CA 1,664,496 28 44,221 43,741 74.1 0.0 24.3 0.0 1.7 74.3 0.0 24.0 0.0 1.7
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,624,827 29 21,067 21,445 97.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.9 98.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,519,417 30 17,010 17,189 86.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.5 96.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.7
Orlando, FL 1,510,516 31 29,853 29,531 93.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.4 96.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.5
Indianapolis, IN 1,487,483 32 10,527 10,243 97.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.6 97.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.6
Virginia Beach, VA 1,439,666 33 18,811 18,839 86.2 0.0 9.4 0.0 4.4 86.5 0.0 8.8 0.0 4.7
Milwaukee, WI 1,376,476 34 128,516 47,497 66.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 98.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.6
Columbus, OH 1,368,035 35 18,917 18,692 97.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2 98.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4
Austin, TX 1,362,416 36 36,402 36,275 93.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3 96.1 0.0 1.6 0.0 2.3
Charlotte, NC-SC 1,249,442 37 29,046 28,610 80.2 0.0 16.9 0.0 2.9 80.9 0.0 17.4 0.0 1.7
Providence, RI-MA 1,190,956 38 21,660 21,349 95.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.3 95.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.4
Jacksonville, FL 1,065,219 39 12,678 12,549 88.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 11.5 89.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.6
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,060,061 40 10,460 10,267 83.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.4 83.0 0.0 14.5 0.0 2.4
Salt Lake City-West Valley City, UT 1,021,243 41 44,281 42,347 42.7 0.0 42.9 8.6 4.0 49.7 0.0 41.4 4.4 4.4
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 972,546 42 17,089 17,162 95.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.1 96.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0
Nashville-Davidson, TN 969,587 43 10,545 10,500 90.0 0.0 0.0 2.4 6.1 91.3 0.0 0.0 2.5 6.2
Richmond, VA 953,556 44 9,369 9,458 91.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.1 92.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 7.3
Buffalo, NY 935,906 45 29,750 29,937 78.2 0.0 21.2 0.0 0.6 77.8 0.0 21.6 0.0 0.6
Hartford, CT 924,859 46 18,784 17,724 87.3 0.0 0.0 4.6 5.9 90.4 0.0 0.0 3.5 6.1
Bridgeport-Stamford, CT-NY 923,311 47 12,130 12,115 96.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.5 97.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8
New Orleans, LA 899,703 48 27,191 27,349 55.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 12.6 64.0 0.0 26.4 0.0 9.5
Raleigh, NC 884,891 49 10,008 6,929 95.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.5 93.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.3
Oklahoma City, OK 861,505 50 2,912 2,943 97.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2 97.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2
Top 50 urbanized area, total 141,816,726   9,656,298 9,388,820 45.4 39.4 5.1 4.9 2.9 46.9 39.7 5.5 5.0 3.0
United States, urbanized area total1 209,569,050   10,574,238 10,214,018 49.2 36.1 4.6 4.5 3.2 50.7 36.5 5.0 4.6 3.2
Top 50 as percent of U.S. total 67.7   91.3 91.9 84.3 99.7 100.0 99.5 84.4 85.0 100.0 99.9 99.4 85.5

1Excludes territories (Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands)

NOTES: This table includes data from urban transit agencies that are required to report information to the federal government because they applied for or are direct beneficiaries of urbanized area formula grants (49 USC 5307). Beginning in 2012, data include estimated industry totals for agencies with a Small Systems Waiver in place and Rural reporters. Details may not add to totals due to rounding. Other includes autmoated guideway, cable car, demand response, ferry boat, inclined plane, monorail, trolley bus, and van pool.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Adminstration, National Transit Database, Monthly Database, available at www.ntdprogram.gov as of July 2015.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017