rid·​er·​ship | \ˈrī-dər-ˌship \

Definition of ridership 

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

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Since May, Via’s service in Arlington has gained triple the ridership of the bus. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 Some transit advocacy groups oppose the city’s streetcar project because of its expense and its low projected ridership compared with other forms of mass transit. Paul Berger, WSJ, "City Says Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar Still a Go but Needs $1 Billion Federal Boost," 30 Aug. 2018 Prior to launch, M-1 Rail had projected average ridership at 3,000-5,000 per day. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "We rode Detroit's QLINE after 1 year: What's different," 11 May 2018 Yet the service has still managed to meet or exceed ridership and revenue projections, and start work on that Larkspur extension, which will bring the train’s riders to within a short walk to the Golden Gate Ferry to San Francisco. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "North Bay’s SMART rail service exceeds expectations in first 6 months," 4 Feb. 2018 The Milwaukee County Transit System plans to eliminate three bus routes with low ridership in March and shut down six others by mid-year to meet $882,586 worth of cuts in the system's 2018 budget approved by the County Board. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County transit eliminates nine bus routes due to 2018 budget cuts," 15 Jan. 2018 But underperforming ridership numbers aren't anything new for WES. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "WES train ridership down 13 percent from 2017, but TriMet rolls on," 10 May 2018 Metropolitan Transportation Authority leaders attributed a decline in ridership over the last few years, in part, to the new licenses. Andrea Castillo, latimes.com, "California driver's license program for those here illegally surpasses 1 million drivers," 5 Apr. 2018 Over the last half-decade, public transit ridership declined nationwide. Daniel Sperling, Scientific American, "Can Ride-Hailing Improve Public Transportation Instead of Undercutting It?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of ridership

1968, in the meaning defined above

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