List of United States Local Bus Agencies By Ridership

The following is a list of the largest 30 local bus agencies in the United States, ranked by ridership. All figures are average weekday unlinked passenger trips and come from the American Public Transportation Association's Transit Ridership Report for the second quarter of 2012, unless otherwise noted.

Rank Agency Largest city served Daily
1 MTA New York City 2,629,800
2 LACMTA Los Angeles 1,141,700
3 CTA Chicago 995,000
4 SEPTA Philadelphia 578,700*
5 Muni San Francisco 485,400*
6 WMATA Washington, D.C. 440,900
7 MBTA Boston 406,700*
8 King County Metro Seattle 390,700*
9 MTA Maryland Baltimore 256,700
10 Miami-Dade Transit Miami 245,500
11 Metro Transit Minneapolis 223,500
12 METRO Houston 221,000
13 RTD Denver 210,400
14 TriMet Portland 201,500
15 MARTA Atlanta 190,300
16 Port Authority Pittsburgh 184,400
17 OCTA Orange County 174,100
18 MTS San Diego 172,600
19 RTC Transit Las Vegas 167,800 (Q4 2009)
20 VIA San Antonio 142,300
21 MCTS Milwaukee 137,000
22 DART Dallas 130,600
23 BCT Fort Lauderdale 129,900
24 Valley Metro Phoenix 125,700
25 Capital Metro Austin 123,300
26 DDOT Detroit 109,600
27 Pace Arlington Heights 108,900
28 LADOT Los Angeles 106,900 (Q4 2009)
29 VTA San Jose 106,200
30 Metro St. Louis 94,900


  • *Includes trolleybus service.
  • Average weekday ridership values for New Jersey Transit and RTA (Cleveland) were not included in this report. Based on other provided information, both agencies would likely rank on this list.
  • AC Transit (Oakland) was not included in this report. It carried 236,000 average weekday riders during Fiscal Year 2008-2009, which would likely place it tenth in this ranking.

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