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[rahy-der-ship] /ˈraɪ dərˌʃɪp/
the passengers who use a given public transportation system, as buses or trains, or the number of such passengers.
Origin of ridership
1965-70; rider + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ridership
  • Simplified maps, routes, timetables and numbering systems will increase ridership.
  • Bus ridership is spread among a range of ages, incomes, and ethnicities.
  • No one's really trying to encourage more cab ridership.
  • Of course, this statement is based on predictions of operating cost and ridership.
  • Any comparisons about average cost are hugely dependent upon ridership, which depends hugely on population densities and wealth.
  • The ridership projections were crazy optimistic and cost overruns inevitable.
  • If a particular route is low on ridership, a street car cannot be simply re-routed to a more profitable and efficient route.
  • ridership is high during peak holidays, and seats may not be available for riders hoping to board without reservations.
  • ridership is up, but fuel costs strain transit agencies.
  • Largest decrease in ridership over five years, excludes express buses.
Word Origin and History for ridership

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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