|Transit in Baltimore, #10 nationwide (APTA)|
That and other fun facts can easily be gleaned from Yonah Freemark's Transport Databook, on his blog Transport Politic. Assuming that the graphs are done right, they put together a compendium on important transportation and transit data that one has to otherwise go hunting on different sites, such as APTA's annual national report on transit agencies.
Below a few of the graphs readily available. On the graphs Baltimore is usually top of alphabetic list of color coded cities and it is blue. However, for the color impaired, there are many shades of blue to denote all the various cities, a problem that Baltimore will soon have to face with the CityLink bus system that will color code in excess of a dozen lines inevitably leading to confusion for those who know only a few primary colors.
As the captions indicate, not all of these appear to be plausible or important. Since the Databook is new, there will probably be corrections made. The point here is to show this exists and encourage people to go hunting for the graph they care about.
Klaus Philipsen, FAIA
|Ridership on the nations light rail systems is certainly a function of teh size of the network, but that in itself is telling, too. Baltimore's line is noted with a blue dot and is pretty far down, flat-lining essentially|
|Baltimore's graph for bus ridership is the one with the precipitous downward graph in June 12 which doesn't seem plausible. I don't recall what big event could have cause such a drop. Bus riders don't have many alternatives, after all.|
|In this table Baltimore is #12 in the nation for transit provision and utilization., a definition that relates the service to the population|
|This is the numeric table to the graph on top, showing the rather useless cost effectiveness factor.|
|Cost effectiveness for rail has the same shortcoming as the one for bus. The MARC system sits in a large filed of relatively low subsidies. To the right systems get rapidly much more expensive|