Tidbit Tuesday — Trends in PATCO and Vehicle Traffic

Every Tuesday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

Last week, we found that one out of four people crossing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge each year do so on PATCO, while a little over two-thirds are in private vehicles.  Today, we take a look back in time and find out how those mode choices have been trending.

PATCO and BFB Traffic

Compared to 2002, PATCO ridership was 13% higher in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available.  Private vehicle crossings increased during the mid-2000s but have fallen slightly since then.

These trends track with national trends in vehicle miles traveled and public transportation ridership in recent years.

Data is courtesy of the Delaware River Port Authority’s 2011 Annual Report.


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