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Increasing Public Transport Ridership

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More than half of the world’s population now lives in the cities, and the majority of the jobs are concentrated in urban megaregions. As a result of the interplay between population growth and employment opportunities, urban regions in the world face an ever-rising demand for passenger mobility. One way to ...

More than half of the world’s population now lives in the cities, and the majority of the jobs are concentrated in urban megaregions. As a result of the interplay between population growth and employment opportunities, urban regions in the world face an ever-rising demand for passenger mobility. One way to meet this growing demand in a sustainable manner is to have an efficient intermodal public transit system in place. To design and maintain an efficient public transit system, knowledge of the factors influencing the uptake and usage of public transit, as well as understanding of changes in ridership patterns with the advent of newer alternative modes of transport are paramount.

This Research Topic aims to feature a wide spectrum of research studies targeted at increasing public transit ridership. Studies focusing on improving our understanding of the factors influencing transit patronage, improving efficiency and customer services of public transit systems, identifying subgroups who are underserved by transit, assessing the equity of transit services, generating new insights from novel data sources (big data, mobile phones, social media, etc.) and methods (statistics, data analytics, etc.), and identifying emerging and future trends will contribute toward increasing transit ridership. Studies on understanding how the increasing demand for active transport modes and ride-sharing modes are affecting the existing public transit systems will provide insights on their overall impacts on transit ridership. Articles published in the Research Topic will demonstrate a wide range of approaches and methods used to address these increasingly important issues and challenges in transit research.

This Research Topic focuses on innovative theories, critical analysis, systematic reviews, models, data conflation techniques, and visualization approaches for examining factors associated with uptake and usage pattern of public transit systems. Potential topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Behavioral models for examining the factors influencing public transit ridership
• Improving efficiency and services of public transit systems to increase patronage
• Interventions/policies to increase rates of usage of public transport
• Access and equity of public transit services
• Evolution of public transit ridership in recent decades
• Relationship between active transport and public transit
• Impact of sharing economies (ride-hailing, bike-sharing, etc) on transit ridership
• Impact of autonomous public transit vehicles on transit ridership
• Innovative ways to visualize and augment transit ridership data


Keywords: Public Transport, Public Transit, Ridership, Public Transport Demand, Modal Choice


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