Eighty Five Percent of Public Transit Systems Experience Capacity Problems as Ridership Surges

Source: American Public Transportation Association, 2008

From the press release:
With ridership on public transportation surging and high fuel prices severely impacting public transportation systems’ budgets across the nation, 85 percent of public transit systems report capacity problems, according to a new nationwide survey of transit systems released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

The survey, titled Rising Fuel Costs: Impacts on Transit Ridership and Agency Operations, reveals that of the public transit systems that report capacity problems, six out of ten (63 percent) are experiencing capacity problems during the peak period. According to the survey, almost all agencies responding (91 percent) report they are facing limitations in their ability to add service to meet increased ridership demands. The survey reveals the most common limitation is budgetary, with 65 percent reporting insufficient revenue to operate additional service. More than half of all agencies reported declining or stable local and state financial assistance over the last year, due to the economic downturn.

Additionally, survey results indicate that due to the high cost of fuel, more than 60 percent of the public transportation systems responding to the survey said they are considering fare increases and 35 percent are considering service cuts, some for the second time in less than a year.

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