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Old Posted May 1, 2012, 4:24 PM
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Where do you get American transit usage information?

Does anyone know where to get transit usage rates for different American cities and neighbourhoods?

In Canada the census has work trip transit usage rates in the census data for each municipality and neighbourhood(census tract).

Is there anything like that for the USA?
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Old Posted May 1, 2012, 4:46 PM
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Does anyone know where to get transit usage rates for different American cities and neighbourhoods?

In Canada the census has work trip transit usage rates in the census data for each municipality and neighbourhood(census tract).

Is there anything like that for the USA?
For transit systems, look at the Federal Transit Administration's National Transit Database. http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/

The main FTA site also has links to more data. http://www.fta.dot.gov/about_FTA_12933.html

Including...

The National Household Travel Survey. http://nhts.ornl.gov/

The Census Bureau also collects commuting mode-split data. http://www.census.gov/hhes/commuting/
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Old Posted May 1, 2012, 4:49 PM
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Your best bet is probably to pull data from the American Community Surveys using the Census factfinder. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/...es/index.xhtml

But there's definitely a learning curve figuring out the new interface...


If the Census doesn't have it, every metropolitan area's metropolitan planning organization (MPO), and many states, collect data on their own, and it's probably much more reliable than anything the federal government collects. I tend to use state and local data as much as possible.
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Canada's census data processing is contracted out to an American company (Lockheed Martin), so you would think the US census would be just as easy to use as ours.

It would be amazing if the US Census had a census profile viewer like Statistics Canada's.
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