So the news says there will be ever more cuts to public transit locally
. I tried to get someone to ask the candidates for county executive during the election runup whether or not there would even be public transit in Allegheny County a decade from now
. It was not intended to be a rhetorical question, but given the interest it had during the race it might as well have been.
One of those things I wish I had more time to do a bit more thoroughly, but looking through past Fact Book's of the American Public Transit Association
I came up with the graph below of how the Port Authority of Allegheny County ranks among the top transit agencies in the nation by the number of passenger trips. I would bet that the 2009 rank there probably does not even capture recent cuts, let alone what is in the news today.
The missing years are just not reported in any annual fact book they have online, at least as far as my quick look found. Given time one could generate the missing rankings from the data directly. Maybe later.