Mass Transit Bus Stops-US

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Mass Transit Bus Stops-US


A complete list of all the local and commuter bus stops across 5 major cities in the Northeastern region of the U.S. have been compiled on the attached spreadsheet. The cities addressed include 1) Baltimore, MD; 2) Philadelphia, PA; 3) Chicago, IL; 4) Wilmington, DE and 5) Washington, D.C. For each city, the bus stops have been broken down based on whether they are a commuter stop or a local stop. Information to complete the spreadsheet was mostly located using city transportation department websites. In some cases, however, outside transit sites assisted in providing a more detailed breakdown of the stops along routes. The bus stops listed in the attached spreadsheet do not include stops along rail systems, unless an actual bus stop is physically located at a rail station.

In addition to building a list of all bus stops across these cities, additional research was conducted in order to identify insights regarding the use of the mass transit systems in Baltimore, MD and Philadelphia, PA. For this portion of the research, the city department transportation sites had compiled data regarding the number of users, popular lines, etc.; these resources were the main sources of info for these insights.

Spreadsheet Findings

  • There are just over 100 commuter bus stops in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington (each). This compares with around 550 in Chicago.
  • In Washington, D.C., there are approximately 7,000 local bus stops, followed by about 6,000 in Chicago, IL
  • There are about 1,500 local bus stops in Wilmington, DE and around 2,500 in both Philadelphia, PA and Baltimore, MD.
  • The complete list of bus stops in each of these cities, broken down by local vs. commuter stops, can be viewed on the attached spreadsheet. Each city is listed in its own sheet.

Mass Transit Insights — Baltimore, MD

  • Between April 2016 and November 2017, the average number of rides per month ranged between 5.5 million and 6.5 million. The highest point was in June 2016, during which 6.8 million passengers made use of the bus system in Baltimore within the month.
  • For commuter buses within Baltimore, Maryland, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) found that they had an average of approximately 320,000 monthly riders.
  • In 2017, the MTA had a total of 69,934,300 unlinked passenger trips via their bus system, amounting to 270,836,900 passenger miles.
  • From their commuter buses, the MTA made a total of 3,869,900 unlinked passenger trips crossing 171,683,900 passenger miles.
  • The most widely used bus line in Baltimore, MD is the CityLink Red, with an average of 58 riders per trip, per hour. The second most widely used bus line is the CityLink Gold, with approximately 52 riders per trip.

Mass Transit Insights — Philadelphia, PA

  • Prior to the economy shutdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were between 700,000 and 800,000 people in the city of Philadelphia riding public transit on a daily basis. Since the pandemic began, approximately 50,000 people in Philadelphia are making use of the public transportation system on a daily basis.
  • In 2019, approximately 80.8% of rides that are taken within the entirety of Philadelphia's mass transit system are within the city transit (SEPTA) program, while 7.55% take place in suburban areas, and 11.65% are taken via the regional rail system.
  • In terms of paying for the mass transit system in Philadelphia, 23% use tokens/travel wallets, 11% use student passes, 2% use single-use quick trip tickets, 12% pay in cash, 10% have senior citizen passes, 38% have monthly/weekly passes, and 4% use some other form of payment.
  • The most popular times for riders in Philadelphia to make use of the bus system is between 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM (22%), and 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM (25%).
  • According to the SEPTA Route Statistics 2019 report, the most riden city transit route in Philadelphia runs from the Frankford Transportation Center to the 69th Street Transportation Center. The second most popular ride is from the NRG Station to the Fern Rock Transportation Center, and the third most popular goes from Whitman Plaza to 5th & Godfrey.
  • In terms of operating statistics, the 78 Express Cornwells Heights to Center City bus is ranked number one with a 99% operation ratio. The route runs across 19.0 miles, has an average of 225 daily riders, and brings in approximately $258,188 in yearly revenue.
  • The Norristown High Speed Line is the number most widely used method of mass transit (buses, light rail, subway, etc.) in the city of Philadelphia, with an average of 10,893 riders bringing in $4,143,221 in yearly revenue. This line is ranked number 11 in terms of operating ratios.