Chart of the Day: Bus Maintenance per Hour vs. Ridership

Here’s a chart that shows bus costs according to “systems hour”, the costs “per hour” for different transit systems as they relate to ridership. Looks like the Twin Cities ranks around average for a system its size.


I don’t even remember where I found this chart, to be honest. It was in a folder on my hard-drive. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction?

I’ve always head that Metro Transit ranks pretty well on a “costs per rider” basis. What’s the difference between costs per rider and costs per systems hour per rider? Does this kind of metric have to do with the amount of time that the bus in service? So systems with higher “ridership density” (i.e. fewer buses running around empty) would score better here?

3 thoughts on “Chart of the Day: Bus Maintenance per Hour vs. Ridership

  1. David MarkleDavid Markle

    Prices on local economies might be a factor, too. In other words, it might be more expensive to run a bus 18 hours per day in Honolulu than here in Minneapolis. Hard to tell what the chart really means.

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