Public Transportation Facts

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There are 74 transit systems in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, divided into five classes, based on number of vehicles and service area, ranging from the largest, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) through the Port Authority of Allegheny County and small urban and rural systems to class 5 systems that carry predominantly social service clients on paratransit vehicles in most of the counties of the state.

The following statistics are from the 2000-2001 fiscal year:

  • Over 416 million passengers traveled on Pennsylvania transit systems

  • 43 million seniors took buses, vans, trolleys, inclines and trains

  • Pennsylvania transit agencies provided nearly 3 million trips to people with disabilities on paratransit services

  • Pennsylvania's transit agencies are spending more than $1 billion annually with Pennsylvania businesses.

  • In urban areas, riders pay more than 45% of the cost of transit. In rural areas, riders pay 24% of the cost. Funding is also paid for with State Lottery proceeds (for free or low cost senior citizen transportation), and other direct-revenue sources.

  • Approximately 15,000 men and women are employed by transit agencies in Pennsylvania.