Much has been written about the numerous and far-reaching benefits of public transportation. Taking a look at some of the yearly totals can help tell a story of the current state and future trends of the public transit industry in North America. There seem to be countless factors that can contribute to the overall demand on our public transportation systems. City-specific factors such as economic health, gas prices, population growth, and ride competition can affect demand.

City agencies are doing all they can to provide reliable, cost-effective, and convenient services. Advances in technology will help public transit stay competitive, but also present challenges like how to partner with the future promise of autonomous vehicles. With all said, the public transit industry numbers are very impressive and show the vast scope of this vital service.

Take a look at these yearly statistics of the public transportation industry to put things into perspective. This helpful infographic provides just some of the annual totals.

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