April 12, 2018, 12:00PM (ET)

Understanding the Effects of Demographic and Socio-Economic Factors on Public Transit Ridership Trends

This webinar featured Kurt Lehmann sharing his findings on key demographic factors that influence transit ridership. Kurt will discuss the general trends of U.S. transit ridership and per capita ridership in recent decades and then discuss the correlative effect each factor has had on the observed trend. Demographics are always changing, and understanding how those changes affect transit ridership propensity will help transit operators and agency decision-makers as they amend their service to adapt most effectively. Download Handout

Presenter: Kurt Lehmann, Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Urban Transportation Research

Kurt Lehmann is a graduate research assistant at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. He is part of the Mobility Policy Research team that focuses on travel behavior, public transportation trends, and travel data analysis. He presented on behalf of his team, at the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting, on a paper they produced titled “The Effect of Demographic Changes on Transit Ridership Trends.”

Kurt is graduating in May with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, focusing on transportation. His graduate coursework has included transportation planning and economics, statistical and econometric methods, public transportation, GIS, and transportation safety. His Master’s Thesis focuses on the role demographics and economic conditions play on public transit ridership trends.



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