The Winston-Salem Transit Authority is on course to provide over 2.5 million rides in 2019. That is a big number that can be hard to grasp. Breaking it down by route helps it add up.
I became a bus driver to experience first hand the power of public transportation and to help me understand the complex system. As I drive around I have been thinking of a measure to use in comparing routes. I came to the idea of using a ratio that compares ridership per hour of service.
WSTA ridership per route for September 2019.
|Route||D||T||NSD||Rides||% Rides||Hrs||% Hrs||Rides/Hrs|
D = Cardinal Direction | T = Type (Circular, Cross Town, Linear) | NSD = N Service Days
^ = has 2nd bus | * = 2nd Bus Funded by NCDOT B40
You can see that some of the routes are very popular and others are quiet.
I believe you can use this type of information to advocate for second buses on popular routes like 92 and 96. For example I think the Place Matters Initiative should push for a second bus on route 96 that runs through their impact communities. I have driven it and could feel the importance of the bus in those places.
What interesting things do you see in this information?
This analysis is available on the web
. The data was provided by the Winston-Salem Transit Authority in an email from the General Manager on 10/10/19.
Thank you for sharing this information, and for caring enough about positive change to live a life that supports it and doesn't just talk about it. You are an inspiration.ReplyDelete