ridership

noun

rid·​er·​ship ˈrī-dər-ˌship How to pronounce ridership (audio)
: the number of persons who ride a system of public transportation

Examples of ridership in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The changes are coming as the commuter rail agency faces ridership that has continued to lag since the pandemic upended traditional commuting patterns. Sarah Freishtat, Chicago Tribune, 23 Jan. 2024 Metrolink and other public transit systems have struggled to recover ridership since the COVID-19 pandemic — and a better, more efficient ride is part of the plan. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2023 Given that the budget has more than doubled since this was approved, there is a big question about the justification of this project, especially since BART ridership is much lower now than when this project was sold to the public. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 26 Jan. 2024 Year-to-date ridership through November 2023 was up 74%. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2024 But declines on mass transit ridership represent a significant setback. Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2024 The project, which will cut Red Line service from Gallery Place to Dupont Circle, will take place from Dec. 18 to Dec. 30, when Metro says ridership is historically about 40 percent below normal. Danny Nguyen, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2023 But ridership slumped during the pandemic—and so did Bird’s shares after its 2021 stock market debut. Amy Martyn, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2023 For bike advocates, high ridership should bring safety in numbers, which is clearly not happening. John Surico, Curbed, 21 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ridership was in 1968

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“Ridership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridership. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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