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Transit Ridership

Two Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District buses, stopped at bus stops on opposite sides of a downtown street.

Transit ridership further illustrates transportation behaviors in Champaign County. The transit ridership data shown here includes all rides on C-U MTD buses that operate within the Champaign-Urbana urbanized area. It is impossible to make a thorough evaluation of transportation conditions in Champaign County, or anywhere, without looking at the available transit. This indicator is closely related to Commuter Mode Share, another indicator in the Mobility category; however, the Commuter Mode Share measure does not capture non-work trips, while Transit Ridership includes all trips made on transit for any reason.

The number of rides per year had short periods of increasing and decreasing trends between FY97 and FY08. Between FY08 and FY15, there was a consistent and marked increase in rides per year. Ridership fell starting in FY15. Monthly and annual ridership has fallen sharply since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020.

The number of rides varies by month. July has consistently had the lowest ridership numbers of the four months, followed by December. October and February are the two analyzed months with the highest ridership numbers.

The Champaign Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS) receives this data from C-U MTD on an annual basis.

Source: Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District