Transit Use Reflects a Downward Trend
The ability of residents and workers to move efficiently within San Bernardino County contributes to a higher quality of life and a more prosperous business climate. An effective public transit system is essential for individuals who cannot afford, are unable, or choose not to drive a car. Having both rail and bus service is important for meeting diverse transit needs, with rail serving mostly longer-distance commuters and buses serving mostly local commuters. This indicator measures ridership on the commuter rail system, as well as ridership and operating costs for San Bernardino County’s five bus systems, which offer bus service coverage to more than 90% of the county’s population.
How is San Bernardino County Doing?
Rail ridership declined slightly in 2017/18:
- In 2017/18, ridership on all Metrolink lines having at least one station serving San Bernardino County totaled 5.98 million riders, a 1% decline from the previous year.
- Since 2010, ridership on the Inland Empire/Orange County Line and 91 Line increased by 31% and 27%, respectively.
- In contrast, the San Bernardino Line and Riverside Line decreased since 2010, by 14% and 18%, respectively.
- Overall, since 2010, rail ridership has trended downward by 11%.
Bus ridership in San Bernardino County continues to decline:
- In 2017/18, there were 14,006,939 bus passenger boardings, a one-year decrease of 4%. Bus ridership dropped 20% overall since 2010/11.
- Bus boardings for Omnitrans were 8.3 per capita in 2016, compared with 10.5 in 2013, a drop of 21%. The cost per boarding increased to $4.83 per trip, a 17% increase in one year.
- Victor Valley Transit boardings per capita decreased to 4.5 per capita in 2016 compared with 5.3 in 2013. Cost per trip increased to $6.07 in 2016, up from $5.00 the previous year.
- Ridership decreased and cost per trip increased in 2016 for all regions compared.
Region Boardings Per Capita Cost Per Trip Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority 36.3 3.41 Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas) 30.5 2.26 Miami-Dade Transit 26.1 5.34 San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 21.1 2.97 Valley Metro (Phoenix) 17 4.95 Orange County Transportation Authority 14 4.59 Sunline Transit Agency 10.1 5.98 Omnitrans 8.3 4.83 Victor Valley Transit Authority 4.5 6.07 Riverside Transit Agency 4.2 5.35