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Bus Ridership

Trend at a Glance

At last count

9,360,356 passenger boardings

Current Through




What does this measure?

Bus ridership is the number of passenger boardings among the primary public transportation service providers in Wake County: GoRaleigh, GoCary, NCSU Wolfline, and GoTriangle.
Bus ridership measures the use of public transportation among citizens who use the service for financial reasons or personal preferences in Wake County, and indicates the adequacy of public transportation options in the community. Heavy use of public transportation has the ability to reduce highway wear, congestion, transportation costs, and exhaust emissions. Many factors impact bus ridership, including affordability, convenience of schedules, service reliability, route proximity to origins and destinations, vehicle conditions, and how efficiently the system links citizens to school, work, goods, and services.

How is Wake County performing?

Bus ridership in Wake County peaked in 2013; however ridership in 2018 remains nearly 16.4% higher than 2010 totals.  Ridership started to grow in fiscal year 2018 as Wake County started adding service associated with new transit sales tax revenues.

Did you know?

In 2018, the NCSU Wolfline made up more than a third (37.5%) of all bus passenger boardings in Wake County.

Data Source

National Transit Database and Transit Service Providers in Wake County

Data Considerations

Note that because GoTriangle also provides service to Durham and Orange Counties, reported numbers for this metric includes only those routes primarily serving Wake County (as determined by GoTriangle).  Reports from the National Transit Database will include passenger boardings for other Counties served by GoTriangle.

Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

Data updated annually by Wake County Community Services, subject to data being available from the National Transit Database and each transit service provider.

Related Resources


September 2018: Revised to reflect reported data through FY 2016, FY 2017 and FY 2018 ridership provided by transit service providers.




Created at 12/20/2013 1:11 PM by Russ W. O'Melia
Last modified at 10/1/2018 3:42 PM by Jason Horton


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