Erie Vital Signs

Transportation: Public Transit

Recent Permformance

This trend is mixed or inconclusive.

Ridership in the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) vehicles has fallen a bit in the last two years, although vehicle miles traveled has stayed relatively flat. Total ridership is up about 11% over 2007 numbers.





The Basics

These indicators measure the number of one-way passenger trips taken on the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) vehicles, and the total number of “revenue vehicle miles”—the miles travelled by EMTA vehicles when they are available for passenger service. This includes both buses and paratransit vehicles (the LIFT and Bayliner Trolley). Higher numbers indicate more use of public transit, of course. The data are for fiscal years (July 1 to June 30) so "2014" on a graph refers to fiscal year 2013-14.

Why It's Important

Public transit has the potential to reduce fuel usage and emissions per passenger mile or per passenger trip. That clearly benefits the local—and global—environment. So long as public transit trips substitute for trips in personal motor vehicles, they should be a benefit to the environment.

The Details

Revenue Vehicle Miles: the total amount of distance calculated in miles during which vehicles are in service and available for public use in fixed-route public transportation service and paratransit service. The term does not include deadhead miles.

Total Passenger Trips: the total of all originating passengers plus transfer passengers carried on fixed-route public transportation service and paratransit service.

Subcategories

None

Frequency

Annual

Source

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Public Transportation Performance Report – Fiscal Year 2013-14. April 30, 2015.

Other Related Data

-Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) Transit Performance Review, pages 38-44 of Pennsylvania Public Transportation Performance Report – Fiscal Year 2013-14.

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