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

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This is on top of a dozen or so other subway taxes and a $2.50 to $2.75 surcharge that Democrats imposed last year on taxi and Uber rides that is raising only enough revenue to offset declining subway and bus ridership. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Nickel-and-Diming Democrats," 21 Feb. 2019 Outlying neighborhoods, such as Allston, could see traffic improvements, with transit ridership remaining stable because a Green Line trip would probably still be more affordable than ride-hailing. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Driverless cars might make Boston traffic worse," 27 June 2018 Philadelphia isn’t the only major city seeing declines in public transit ridership. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Philly's population grows again, Meek Mill's arresting officer once lied to FBI | Morning Newsletter," 22 Mar. 2018 Around the country, transit ridership is falling, apparently because of low gas prices, telecommuting and transportation services like Uber and Lyft. Nathan Paige, cleveland.com, "Regional reports on Jackson Township middle school incident where seventh grader shot self," 20 Feb. 2018 Other incentives include drawing high ridership in east Portland and achieving various benchmarks for number of rides per scooter, the city said. Andrew Theen, The Seattle Times, "E-scooters may return April 26, Portland says, with new rules to curb sidewalk riding," 25 Mar. 2019 Buy Photo Philadelphia’s new bus network: SEPTA issued a blueprint Thursday to revitalize its bus network in Philadelphia that’s suffering from slow service, shrinking ridership, and competition from ride share businesses. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Philadelphia's new bus network begins to take shape," 21 June 2018 Operating on weekdays, SunRail’s ridership has failed to grow, remaining at a little more than 3,000 a day. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SunRail, Brightline passenger rail services in Central Florida chug ahead," 19 May 2018 The surge in usage increased paratransit ridership by 16% compared with May 2017. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA’s Cost-Saving Paratransit Program Proves Too Popular, Runs Up Big Tab," 5 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of ridership

1968, in the meaning defined above

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