rid·er·ship | \ˈrī-dər-ˌship \

Definition of ridership 

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

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In its most recent financial report for fiscal year 2017, officials said there was a 1.5 percent ridership increase to 31.7 million passengers. Lori Aratani, chicagotribune.com, "Amtrak quietly ends student, AAA discounts," 19 Mar. 2018 In its most recent financial report for fiscal year 2017, officials said there was a 1.5 percent ridership increase to 31.7 million passengers. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "Amtrak quietly ends student, AAA discounts," 19 Mar. 2018 The Pike returned to full capacity weeks earlier than expected, traffic on the highway during rush hour was down as much as 30 percent, and ridership ticked up on the commuter rail — suggesting some drivers took a different route in. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Commonwealth Avenue bridge project returns in late July," 11 July 2018 Transit advocates hope the initiative can reverse the ridership slide and swing the fortunes of the bus system. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "With ridership falling, Metro will spend $2.2 million to study bus business model," 6 July 2018 Data from the authority show that in the past six years, ridership nearly tripled on the ferry boats coming from Jack London Square — from about 40,000 people in April 2012 to more than 108,000 in April 2018. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Soon-to-open Richmond ferry terminal could revive shoreline, usher in gentrification," 5 July 2018 The Van Nuys corridor has the seventh-highest transit ridership in the county, and the line will carry an estimated 47,000 daily trips by 2040. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "The Valley will get light rail: Metro board approves north-south line along Van Nuys Boulevard," 28 June 2018 But ridership fell nearly a third in the first three months of 2018 compared to the same period last year. David Wickert, ajc, "MARTA to keep $1 fare on the Atlanta Streetcar, beef up security," 22 June 2018 Where ridership goes down, already-low levels of investment in public transit will inevitably get even lower. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin," 20 June 2018

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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