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Larger Transit Market Share Loss

USA Journey to Work National Data from 1960: Detailed

US Census Bureau data released today (2002.09.25) indicates a larger loss in public transportation journey to work use from 1990 to 2000. The previous data, which included taxicabs, showed that the number of transit commuters in the United States declined 1,886 (from 6,069,589 in 1990 to 6,067,703 in 2000). This data had included taxicabs as public transportation.

The data just released makes it possible to obtain an actual public transit figure, exclusive of taxicabs. From 1990 to 2000, public transit commuting declined 22,596 (from 5,890,155 to 5,867,559). Transit's market share dropped 10.6 percent, from 5,12 percent to 4.57 percent.

The 2000 and 1990 public transit figures include ferryboat commuters, which were counted as "other" before 1990. Without ferryboards, transit's market share declined 27.0 percent from 1980 (from 6.22 percent to 4.54 percent).

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