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? is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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

  1. David Markle
    David Markle March 9, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    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.

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke March 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

      Yeah I was hoping some smarter than myself people might know!

  2. Nate March 9, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

    The image is from “The Amateur Planner”,

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