Port Authority’s August ridership numbers are out. The two graphs below tell the story.

The blue graph shows how much smaller the Port Authority bus system is today compared to five years ago (August 2003).  Today’s system is 24% smaller, when measured by the number of hours of bus service available across all routes.  But average weekday bus ridership today is almost 3% higher today than it was five years ago (red graph).  That’s a huge increase in productivity.

Let’s hope the trend continues. And let’s hope the productivity numbers increase even more once the Connect ’09 system redesign process is complete.

Posted by: Ken Zapinski