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Special Report:
A Look at U.S.
Bus Fleets
The annual report marrying news
and data to understand the health
of U.S. bus fleets.
COMP I L ED BY MI S CHA WANE K- L I BMAN ,
E DI TOR IN CHIE F
T
ransit agencies across North America continue to grapple with the
disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic but remain
nimble in their approaches to community engagement, ridership
retention and overall service recovery and growth initiatives.
Several systems, including Edmonton Transit Service, Chicago
Transit Authority, Metropolitan Transportation Authority,
TransLink and Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority are
reporting steady gains in ridership in late 2022 and into 2023.
These systems are also making note their bus services have
been driving these increases.
A policy brief released in March from the American Public
Transportation Association (APTA) offers a national view of
ridership trends. Overall, transit ridership has reached more
than 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels, which is a significant
gain when compared against the lowest levels that represented
20 percent of pre-pandemic ridership.
APTA's brief notes smaller cities have been more successful in
seeing ridership levels return. The brief credits this to a possible
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Active Vehicles in
the United States
Active vehicles remained similar
year over year with the exception
of vans, which saw a more than
14% decrease in active vehicles
between 2020 and 2021.
Source: NTD 2021 Vehicles
3,210 miles
Number of fixed guideway
and high intensity busway
route miles in U.S.
Source: National Transit Summaries and Trends 2021
Image: 252149003 | Phochi, 12275849 | Quaddesign | Dreamstime

March/April 2023

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March/April 2023

Editor’s Notebook
People & Places
Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
Santa Cruz Metro Bounces Back from COVID-19 Pandemic
Ready for Rail: A Look at 2023’s Big Projects
Products
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March/April 2023 - Editor’s Notebook
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March/April 2023 - People & Places
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March/April 2023 - Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
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March/April 2023 - A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
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March/April 2023 - Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
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March/April 2023 - Santa Cruz Metro Bounces Back from COVID-19 Pandemic
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March/April 2023 - Ready for Rail: A Look at 2023’s Big Projects
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March/April 2023 - Products
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