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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Tidbit Tuesday — Benjamin Franklin Bridge Crossings

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.

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge is one of the most iconic of Philadelphia landmarks.  Each day, hundreds of thousands of people depend on the bridge to cross between Philadelphia and New Jersey.  Altogether, the bridge handles seven lanes of traffic, PATCO trains, and a walkway for pedestrians and bicyclists.

This week, we take a quick look at the travel modes people use to cross.

BenFranklinBridgeCrossings

To arrive at our numbers, traffic volumes and PATCO ridership were found in the most recent Delaware River Port Authority annual report: http://www.drpa.org/pdfs/ar2011.pdf.  Private vehicle occupancy was based on the 2009 National Household Travel Survey, and we assumed buses to be carrying an average of 35 passengers each.

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