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 Free fares boost ridership, but not necessarily from drivers. Wired, 31 July 2022 The report adds that decriminalization would encourage ridership, which can lead to more bicyclists and safety in numbers. Alisa Tang, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 The program comes as public transit officials have attempted to promote ridership while gas prices soar and COVID-19 waves stabilize. Damian Danemann, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 June 2022 One way cities can better systems and increase ridership is by creating more efficient and convenient public transportation systems and services—including establishing cost-effective and intuitive ticketing solutions. Miroslav Katsarov, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Not only will that reduce our reliance on fossil fuels but that will also create the density centers needed to sustain a public transportation system that is fast, reliable, and will increase ridership. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 Green framed the weak guidance as an inevitable consequence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, which depressed ridership and caused drivers to sign off in late 2021 and early 2022. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 4 May 2022 The inaugural race between the Ivy League schools was held on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire after a Yale oarsman from the state struck a marketing deal with a regional railroad line looking to boost ridership. Holly Ramer, Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 That decision came in part due to a spike in violent crime even amid plummeting ridership during the pandemic. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ridership

1968, in the meaning defined above

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17 Aug 2022

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“Ridership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridership. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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