Vital Signs: Transit Cost-Effectiveness – by metro | Last Updated 6 Jul 2018

VITAL SIGNS INDICATOR Transit Cost-Effectiveness (T13) FULL MEASURE NAME Net cost per transit boarding (cost per boarding minus fare per boarding) LAST UPDATED May 2017 DESCRIPTION Transit cost-effectiveness refers to both the total and net costs per transit boarding, both of which are adjusted to reflect inflation over time. Net costs reflect total operating costs minus farebox revenue (i.e. operating costs that are not directly funded by system users). The dataset includes metropolitan area, regional, mode, and system tables for net cost per boarding, total cost per boarding, and farebox recovery ratio. DATA SOURCE Federal Transit Administration: National Transit Database Bureau of Labor Statistics: Consumer Price Index CONTACT INFORMATION METHODOLOGY NOTES (across all datasets for this indicator) Simple modes were aggregated to combine the various bus modes (e.g. rapid bus, express bus, local bus) into a single mode to avoid incorrect conclusions resulting from mode recoding over the lifespan of NTD. For other metro areas, operators were identified by developing a list of all urbanized areas within a current MSA boundary and then using that UZA list to flag relevant operators; this means that all operators (both large and small) were included in the metro comparison data. Financial data was inflation-adjusted to match 2015 dollar values using metro-specific Consumer Price Indices.

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This dataset has the following 8 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescriptionSample Values
CostperBoard_IAcostperboard_ianumberCost per transit boarding in 2015 dollars
FareperBoard_IAfareperboard_ianumberFares paid per transit boarding in 2015 dollars
NetCostperBoard_IAnetcostperboard_ianumberNet cost per transit boarding (costs minus fares collected) in 2015 dollars
Farebox_Ratiofarebox_rationumberFarebox recovery ratio (fares collected divided by total cost to operate system)