Weekday Bus Ridership by Stop

Average weekday ridership (boarding + alighting); 2014, Port Authority service only. Source: Port Authority of Allegheny County 

Average weekday ridership (boarding + alighting); 2014, Port Authority service only.
Source: Port Authority of Allegheny County 

What is this?

Downtown bus stops visualized by average weekday ridership.  Ridership volume can either be visualized as a combination of boarding (getting on) and alighting (getting off) passengers as show above, or separated between the two as shown below.

Information is collected by automatic passenger counters (APC's) installed on the doors of Port Authority buses.  Passenger information for other regional transit providers is not included.

What can we learn?

Previous studies by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and others indicate that 54% of commuters in Downtown Pittsburgh ride the bus or T.  Understanding where those commuters begin and end their trips in Downtown is a critical component to better understanding, and then improving the experience of transit riders.

Passenger boarding information is particularly important to guide efforts in provide additional amenities for passengers waiting for buses.  Passenger volume can be combined with a qualitative assessment of bus stops (currently in development) to create a prioritization matrix for investing in bus stop improvement.

Based on information provided by the Port Authority, the five largest bus stops by volume (weekday boarding and alighting) are:

  1. Smithfield Street at 6th Avenue (6,474 daily riders)
  2. 5th Avenue at Wood Street (4,477 riders)
  3. 6th Avenue at Wood Street (3,817 riders)
  4. Liberty Avenue at Wood Street (3,600 riders)
  5. Liberty Avenue at Market Street (3,585 riders)
Average weekday boardings; 2014, Port Authority service only.  Source: Port Authority of Allegheny County 

Average weekday boardings; 2014, Port Authority service only. 
Source: Port Authority of Allegheny County 

Average weekday alightings; 2014, Port Authority service only.  Source: Port Authority of Allegheny County 

Average weekday alightings; 2014, Port Authority service only. 
Source: Port Authority of Allegheny County