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Transit Ridership in the 50 Largest Urbanized Areas

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Urbanized areaPopulation (2010)Rank by populationAnnual unlinked passenger trips (thousands) 2013Annual unlinked passenger trips (thousands) 2012Percent in 2013 - Motor BusPercent in 2013 - Heavy RailPercent in 2013 - Light RailPercent in 2013 - Commuter RailPercent in 2013 - OtherPercent in 2012 - Motor BusPercent in 2012 - Heavy RailPercent in 2012 - Light RailPercent in 2012 - Commuter RailPercent in 2012 - Other
New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT18,351,29514,299,3164,178,12727.763.60.46.10.928.863.60.56.20.9
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA12,150,9962681,565679,93277.97.39.32.01.880.17.28.92.11.8
Chicago, IL-IN8,608,2083648,055664,10851.635.40.011.91.152.434.80.011.71.1
Miami, FL5,502,3794171,635168,18277.312.40.02.47.978.311.40.02.47.8
Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD5,441,5675380,981371,54451.229.30.09.92.450.229.77.89.92.4
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX5,121,892680,64880,60756.40.036.52.63.957.60.035.42.74.2
Houston, TX4,944,332784,79182,22371.80.013.40.05.280.90.013.80.05.2
Washington, DC-VA-MD4,586,7708473,403479,67440.057.80.01.00.540.358.20.01.00.5
Atlanta, GA4,515,4199140,132139,95946.849.70.00.01.448.350.40.00.01.3
Boston, MA-NH-RI4,181,01910403,160408,89330.241.817.48.71.830.340.718.38.81.9
Detroit, MI3,734,0901145,83846,47988.10.00.00.011.990.50.00.00.09.5
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ3,629,1141276,80775,43178.60.018.60.02.878.60.018.60.02.8
San Francisco-Oakland, CA3,281,21213449,674440,21738.828.110.13.617.539.028.011.83.118.1
Seattle, WA3,059,39314201,644196,62157.70.04.81.525.667.30.05.31.425.9
San Diego, CA2,956,74615154,010102,03154.00.041.31.12.262.60.033.01.62.8
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI2,650,8901695,08894,67485.90.010.70.82.585.80.011.10.72.4
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL2,441,7701730,94530,51196.20.00.00.02.596.60.01.00.02.4
Denver-Aurora, CO2,374,20318101,68498,71675.10.023.40.01.577.70.020.90.01.4
Baltimore, MD2,203,66319108,096107,99163.814.18.08.41.967.614.38.28.11.9
St. Louis, MO-IL2,150,7062049,90050,28764.00.034.20.01.864.10.034.10.01.9
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA1,932,6662125,79025,56694.20.00.00.04.495.90.00.00.04.1
Las Vegas-Henderson, NV1,886,0112265,87465,86784.90.00.00.08.491.70.00.00.08.3
Portland, OR-WA1,849,89823111,675113,36557.70.035.10.01.359.10.039.70.01.2
Cleveland, OH1,780,6732450,06749,11569.312.85.80.02.079.512.75.80.02.0
San Antonio, TX1,758,2102546,96347,50896.90.00.00.03.196.90.00.00.03.1
Pittsburgh, PA1,733,8532665,46267,41083.40.012.30.03.283.50.011.50.05.0
Sacramento, CA1,723,6342731,86731,08753.20.042.40.02.154.70.043.70.01.6
San Jose, CA1,664,4962844,22143,74174.10.024.30.01.774.30.024.00.01.7
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN1,624,8272921,06721,44597.90.00.00.01.998.20.00.00.01.8
Kansas City, MO-KS1,519,4173017,01017,18986.10.00.00.03.596.30.00.00.03.7
Orlando, FL1,510,5163129,85329,53193.80.00.00.03.496.50.00.00.03.5
Indianapolis, IN1,487,4833210,52710,24397.40.00.00.02.697.40.00.00.02.6
Virginia Beach, VA1,439,6663318,81118,83986.20.09.40.04.486.50.08.80.04.7
Milwaukee, WI1,376,47634128,51647,49766.40.00.00.00.598.40.00.00.01.6
Columbus, OH1,368,0353518,91718,69297.80.00.00.02.298.60.00.00.01.4
Austin, TX1,362,4163636,40236,27593.70.00.00.02.396.10.01.60.02.3
Charlotte, NC-SC1,249,4423729,04628,61080.20.016.90.02.980.90.017.40.01.7
Providence, RI-MA1,190,9563821,66021,34995.20.00.00.04.395.60.00.00.04.4
Jacksonville, FL1,065,2193912,67812,54988.50.00.00.011.589.40.00.00.010.6
Memphis, TN-MS-AR1,060,0614010,46010,26783.60.00.00.02.483.00.014.50.02.4
Salt Lake City-West Valley City, UT1,021,2434144,28142,34742.70.042.98.64.049.70.041.44.44.4
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN972,5464217,08917,16295.90.00.00.04.196.00.00.00.04.0
Nashville-Davidson, TN969,5874310,54510,50090.00.00.02.46.191.30.00.02.56.2
Richmond, VA953,556449,3699,45891.90.00.00.08.192.70.00.00.07.3
Buffalo, NY935,9064529,75029,93778.20.021.20.00.677.80.021.60.00.6
Hartford, CT924,8594618,78417,72487.30.00.04.65.990.40.00.03.56.1
Bridgeport-Stamford, CT-NY923,3114712,13012,11596.50.00.00.03.597.20.00.00.02.8
New Orleans, LA899,7034827,19127,34955.60.00.00.012.664.00.026.40.09.5
Raleigh, NC884,8914910,0086,92995.50.00.00.04.593.70.00.00.06.3
Oklahoma City, OK861,505502,9122,94397.80.00.00.02.297.80.00.00.02.2
Top 50 urbanized area, total141,816,7269,656,2989,388,82045.439.45.14.92.946.939.75.55.03.0
United States, urbanized area total (1)209,569,05010,574,23810,214,01849.236.14.64.53.250.736.55.04.63.2
Top 50 as percent of U.S. total67.791.391.984.399.7100.099.584.485.0100.099.999.485.5
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.

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1 Excludes territories (Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands)

Source: 

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

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