ridership

noun
rid·​er·​ship | \ ˈrī-dər-ˌship How to pronounce ridership (audio) \

Definition of ridership

: the number of persons who ride a system of public transportation

Examples of ridership in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s crucial if the system is ever going to rebuild ridership, which has dropped to next to nothing during the coronavirus pandemic. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "BART tones down its planned policing of mask-wearing requirement," 24 June 2020 Since then, transit ridership in Portland and across the country has fallen sharply with the onset of the coronavirus. oregonlive, "Daimler unloads Portland-based Moovel after two steep layoffs," 22 June 2020 Public transit ridership has dropped, so some cities are trying on-demand apps for more private van, bus, or shuttle rides—and possibly contact tracing. Doug Johnson, Wired, "Microtransit Gives City Agencies a Lift During the Pandemic," 20 June 2020 In Los Angeles, for instance, ridership on the LA Metro has dropped from about 1.2 million to around 400,000 a weekday. Doug Johnson/undark, Popular Science, "The pandemic has cities rethinking public transit," 17 June 2020 According to an announcement, Metro hasn't laid off or cut hours of any full-time employees over the past few months despite lower ridership. Duard Headley, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Metro to provide $1.3 million in pandemic hazard pay for its workers," 16 June 2020 New York City subway ridership is up 25% in a week as people return to work, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Henry Goldman, Bloomberg.com, "NYC Subway Ridership Up 25% in Week as Reopening Begins," 14 June 2020 IndyGo ridership in April fell by well more than half from the same month a year before as the coronavirus pandemic continued to wreak havoc on transit. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "'A new normal': IndyGo ridership falls by more than half in April amid coronavirus," 3 June 2020 Bus ridership was 23% higher on June 10 than on June 3, according to the mayor. Henry Goldman, Bloomberg.com, "NYC Subway Ridership Up 25% in Week as Reopening Begins," 14 June 2020

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First Known Use of ridership

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Ridership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridership. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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