The Transit Center is a national foundation that works on environmentally sustainable and economically viable public transit. The group recently published Transit Insights, an interactive data and map resource that explores public transit in 55 of the largest metros across the national.
The map provides national and metro level data around bus, train, and vehicle ridership, average individual transit travel, length of their trip, and revenue associated with public transit.
The resource provides a data set for 2006-2017.
For individual metros, one can sort demographic data with specific commuting data such as how many individuals commute by driving, carpooling, or public transit. This data can ultimately be categorized by census tract.
The transit center provides several reports on transit.
Who’s on Board 2019: The Who’s on Board report focuses on the ability to serve low income residents, especially after they move or are displaced from their neighborhoods. The future of transport receives flashy headlines related to shared bikes, scooters, and autonomous vehicles. However, the most impactful question transit leaders can ask relates to how cities are built. Is a City responsible for building residential space that doesn’t need a car to obtain basic amenities and work? A key takeaway is that transit is highly divergent among American cities.
From Sorry to Superb: Everything You Need to Know About Great Bus-stops: This report details demographic data related to bus and rail, capital expenditures of local municipalities, and the characteristics that make bus transit and bus-stops an integral part of a neighborhood or community. The report stresses the need to prioritize bus-stop repairs and improvements, more bus-related information for the general public, and collaboration with regional stakeholders. To increase the budget for bus-stops the report advocates increasing advertising data for customers and more intentional placement of advertisements.