Double Transit Ridership in Maryland by the End of 2020

Overall Progress

14.3 %
Insufficient Progress

Average Weekday Ridership

FY 2013
366,360
Riders
FY 2006
320,419
Riders
14.3% Increase

Average Weekday Ridership: Light Rail

FY 2013
27,537
Riders
FY 2006
18,969
Riders
45.2% Increase

Total Transit Trips

FY 2013
107,392,015
Trips
FY 2006
94,057,322
Trips
14.2% Increase
This site was last updated on March 28th, 2014.

Average Weekday Ridership

FY2013 Weekday Ridership by Mode

Average Weekday Bus Ridership

Total Transit Trips Taken

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In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)

In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)

Are We Meeting Our Goals?

Recognizing the benefits of a strong, reliable public transit system, the O’Malley-Brown Administration has set an ambitious goal to double transit ridership in Maryland by 2020.  Easily accessible, high quality public transportation fosters more livable communities, provides greater mobility, expands economic activity, and reduces greenhouse gases that cause climate change.  

In FY2013, an average of 366,360 riders used the MTA's services each weekday, up 14 percent since 2006. While we are making progress, the rate of MTA ridership growth is far behind the pace needed to double transit ridership by 2020. Our ability to approach the transit ridership goal is largely dependent on the completion of large transit projects, like the Red and Purple Line, which will provide significantly more capacity for future growth.

We measure progress on the Transit goal by tracking average weekday ridership across all MTA modes (Core Bus Service, Metro, Light Rail, MARC, Commuter Bus, Mobility, and Taxi Access). Average weekday ridership is a measure of the average number of riders using public transit on a weekday. We also track the total number of transit trips by fiscal year, which includes holiday and weekend service.

Actions Taken Towards Goal

  • The MTA is currently conducting the Bus Network Improvement Project (BNIP), an 8-month comprehensive study to update and improve the agency's core bus service. The MTA spent several months towards the end of 2013 seeking guidance from the public on how it can better serve its customers. The MTA is now in the process of drafting service recommendations based on the input it received from its riders; these recommendations will be published in April 2014. The MTA expects the new changes to result in a more efficient system that increases access and convenience for thousands of Maryland bus riders. 
  • In December, MARC began providing weekend service on the Penn Line. The fares are the same as weekday service, and weekly and monthly passes are also honored. More than 4,000 people boarded the trains on the first weekend of this highly anticipated service. Click here to see the MARC Weekend Schedule. 
  • Last year, Governor O'Malley proposed and signed the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013 to create a sustainable funding source that will allow Maryland to move forward with critical transportation projects in the future. Over the next six years, $4.4 billion in new investments will support more than 57,000 jobs, create hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity, and provide Marylanders with the transportation infrastructure necessary to grow ridership for decades to come.
  • A portion of the funds through the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013 will be invested in the Red Line ($170 million) and Purple Line ($280 million) Light Rail Projects. The new lines will provide fast, reliable, and environmentally sensitive transit options for the most densely populated areas of our State and are expected to increase ridership by over 120,000 riders by 2030. Click here to track the ongoing progress of MTA's New Start Projects.
  • Maryland purchased 54 multi-level rail cars in 2011 to increase MARC ridership capacity and improve service quality. The new rail cars will expand the MARC fleet by 16 cars and add 4,780 daily seat trips to MARC service. Roughly 80 percent of the funding for the new cars came from the Federal Government.
  • The MTA has updated its MARC Growth and Investment Plan (2013 to 2050) by outlining the short-term and long-term changes the agency plans to make to improve its service. MARC ridership has increased 3.5 percent annually over the past 15 years and will continue to grow with the addition of multi-level cars and weekend service. Click here to find out more information on the future of MARC service.
  • Please click here to read the 2013 delivery plan to achieve the State's transit ridership goal.

How Can I Get Involved?

  • Visit the Maryland Transit Administration website and see where public transit can take you.
  • Encourage your employer to take advantage of the Maryland Commuter Tax Credit, which significantly reduces the cost of providing commuter benefits to employees.
  • College students can sign up for the Student Advantage Card for an annual membership fee and save 15 percent on MARC Train tickets, as well as other discounts.
  • Seniors age 65 and older can ride for at least approximately one-third of the regular fare on Local Bus, Light Rail, and Metro, and have the regular fare on MARC. All you have to do is show proof of your age.
  • Board faster, keep track of your transit expenditures, and protect balances against lost or damaged cards by applying for an MTA CharmCard.

Additional Information

  • Learn more about Transit Oriented Development and how transit, environmental planning, and economic development come together to improve the lives of Marylanders.

More Data

Here are the transit data sets which back this page: broken down by average weekday ridership. These data sets contain all of the data used to make the tables and graphs on this page. Please explore and share the data; it's all public!

More Data

Here are the transit data sets which back this page: broken down by average weekday ridership. These data sets contain all of the data used to make the tables and graphs on this page. Please explore and share the data; it's all public!