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ridership

[rahy-der-ship] /ˈraɪ dərˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
the passengers who use a given public transportation system, as buses or trains, or the number of such passengers.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; rider + -ship
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ridership

n.

mid-15c., "position of a rider," from rider + -ship. From 1962 as "number of passengers" (on public transportation, etc.).

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