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

Over that time, the number of transit passenger miles, a rough measure of ridership, rose only 18%, according to APTA. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Retail’s New E-Commerce Headache: Delivering Workers to Warehouses," 12 Oct. 2018 Seattle has been virtually the only city in the country to see continual growth in transit ridership over the last several years. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "King County Metro named nation’s top public transportation agency," 6 Aug. 2018 From 2012 to 2017, Metro bus ridership declined by about 4 percent from 17 million. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Metro ridership down sharply as bus system struggles to regain footing," 19 June 2018 By the 1950s, ridership had declined substantially. Christina Tkacik, Howard County Times, "Remembering the 'not exactly relaxing' path from Ellicott City to Baltimore via No. 9 streetcar," 6 June 2018 Bus ridership in New York City has declined, dropping about 14 percent since 2007, even as the city’s population has grown. Emma G. Fitzsimmons, New York Times, "At Long Last, a Plan to Fix New York City’s Buses," 23 Apr. 2018 Is there any concern about recent studies showing that transit ridership is declining in many cities due to teleworking, lower gas prices, and the popularity of alternatives such as Uber and Lyft? Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "New chief of Purple Line construction promises a ‘transformational’ project," 29 Mar. 2018 In the last three years, ridership on local buses – the largest and most important part of the CATS system – has declined by more than 15 percent. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "CATS has an ‘aspirational’ plan for high-frequency buses. Here is a new route map. | Charlotte Observer," 15 Mar. 2018 Subway ridership has declined 2 percent from its 2015 peak despite the city’s increases in population, employment and tourism, New York’s Independent Budget Office said last week. Martin Z Braun, Bloomberg.com, "MTA's Rising Debt and Payroll Cost Take Toll on Bond Rating," 12 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ridership.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ridership

1968, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ridership

Share ridership

Statistics for ridership

Last Updated

16 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ridership

The first known use of ridership was in 1968

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on ridership

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with ridership

Comments on ridership

What made you want to look up ridership? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a shady place in a garden or forest

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!