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Public Transportation Ridership Levels

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  • Christopher R. Swimmer
  • Christopher C. Klein
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    This article uses linear regression analysis to examine the determinants of public transportation ridership in over 100 U. S. cities in 2007. The primary determinant of ridership appears to be availability of public transportation service. In fact, the relationship is nearly one to one: a 1% increase in availability is associated with a 1% increase in ridership. The relative unimportance of price may be an indicator of the heavy subsidization of fares in most cities, leaving availability as the more effective policy tool to encourage use of public transport.

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    Article provided by Middle Tennessee State University, Business and Economic Research Center in its journal Journal for Economic Educators.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (Summer)
    Pages: 40-46

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    Handle: RePEc:mts:jrnlee:v:10:y:2010:i:1:p:40-46

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    Keywords: identification; public transportation; ridership;

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    1. Rappaport, Jordan & Kahn, Matthew E. & Glaeser, Edward, 2008. "Why Do The Poor Live In Cities? The Role of Public Transportation," Scholarly Articles 2958224, Harvard University Department of Economics.
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    1. Jou, Rong-Chang & Chen, Tzu-Ying, 2014. "Factors affecting public transportation, car, and motorcycle usage," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 186-198.

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