Human Transit pp 117-134 | Cite as

Ridership or Coverage? The Challenge of Service Allocation

  • Jarrett Walker


If your city or region is big enough to have transit at all, it’s big enough to have debates about how to apportion service among different communities. Every transit system serves areas where ridership is high and other areas where it’s lower. Should higher ridership lead to better service? If not, how should a transit system divide up its resources among the communities it serves? To answer this unavoidable question, you have to think about why you’re running public transit at all.


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© Jarrett Walker 2012

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  • Jarrett Walker
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  1. 1.Jarrett Walker & AssociatesPortlandUSA

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