Bus (in Westchester County). The reportanalyzes transit ridership; how transitsystems are being affected by the reces-sion; and how shrinking transit serviceaffects all New Yorkers ability to staymobile in New York State.
Transit Ridership is Up
Across the nation, more and more Amer-icans are choosing public transportation.Trips are up 31% since 1995 and this upward trend has continued through early2011.  Of the ten billion transit trips that were taken last year, one
third of them werein New York State.
In New York, there was a steady increase in transit ridership for most systems when therecent recession hit, indicating that people do turn to transit when money is tight.
For example, in Rochester, transit ridership rose at the highest rate (31%) between 2007
2008—the result of spiked gas prices and a lowered base fare. Ridership then clearlydipped after gas prices recovered. In the Buffalo and Syracuse transit systems, there wasa steady rise in ridership, even after the historic rise and fall of gas prices in 2008.Cars are expensive; households spend more on transportation than they spend on healthcare and taxes,
.  According to the Federal Highway Administration’s 2009 National Household Travel Survey,15.19% of NYS households earning lessthan $34,999 a year do not have a vehi-cle, compared to 4.3% of those earningmore than $70,000. Even in less denseupstate New York counties where it isdifficult to get around without a car, asignificant percentage of households donot have cars available. Those who don’tdrive or don’t have access to a car are
Source: National Transit Database
Source: 2010 American Community Survey
% o f H o u s e h o l d s w i t h N o V e h i c l e s A v a i l a b l e
Households without VehiclesSelect Counties, 2010
M i l l i o n s o f P a s s e n g e r s
Ridership Has Steadily Climbed2005-2009
Capital DistrictTransportation AuthorityNiagara FrontierTransportation AuthorityRochester GeneseeRegional TransportationAuthorityCNY CentroBee-Line