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Bus Data Based on C-Tran’s 2010 Annual Financial Statement & BLS data*

Actual 2010 C-Tran data from pages 64-65 of C-Tran’s

2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

PASSENGER BOARDINGS

 

6,317,040

PASSENGER MILES

 

31,773,904

OPERATING MILES

 

4,618,039

OPERATING HOURS

 

279,432

IN-SERVICE MILES

 

3,931,152

IN-SERVICE HOURS

 

256,428

NET OPERATING COST

 

$28,219,2 49

OPERATING REVENUE

 

$6,793,511

PASSENGERS PER IN-SERVICE HOUR

 

24.635

COST PER PASSENGER MILE

 

$0.888

COST PER OPERATING MILE

 

$6.111

COST PER PASSENGER BOARDING

 

$4.467

COST PER OPERATING HOUR

 

$100.988

OPERATING REVENUE PER PASSENGER

 

$1.075

PERCENT OF OPERATING REVENUE TO OPERATING COSTS  

 

24.07 %

 

 

 

Daily Number of people who use C-Tran

 

9024 people

 

Annual cost per daily transit rider

 

$3679

 

BLS data: annual cost of owning & operating a car*

 

$3121

(average of all households with incomes between $5000 and $70,000 income - BLS data see below)

Average number of people on a bus

 

6.9 people

 

Actual cost of average ride

 

$4.47

 

Cost paid by average rider

 

$1.08

 

Percent of actual cost paid by fare

 

24.1 %

 

Average bus speed

 

15.3 mph

 

Average trip length

 

5 miles

 

Cost to transport each person each mile

 

$0.89

(the average car costs $0.165 - see below)

How the bus data was calculated from c-tran data (data is below)

Daily Number of people who use C-Tran

6,317,040  /350 = 18048.7 daily boardings

18048.7 / 2 = daily users (1)

9024 people

Annual cost per daily transit rider

Total Fixed Route expenses (2) / 9024 people = $33,198,647 / 9024

$3678.93

Average number of people on a bus

PASSENGER MILES/OPERATING MILES = 31,773,904/4,618,039

6.880 people

Actual cost of average ride

COST PER PASSENGER BOARDING

$4.467

Cost paid by average rider

OPERATING REVENUE PER PASSENGER

$1.075

Percent of actual cost paid by fare

PERCENT OF OPERATING REVENUE TO OPERATING COSTS

24.07 %

Average bus speed

IN-SERVICE MILES / IN-SERVICE HOURS = 3,931,152 / 256,428

15.33 mph

Average trip length

PASSENGER MILES/PASSENGER BOARDINGS =

31,773,904 / 6,317,040

5.03 miles

Cost to transport each person each mile

COST PER PASSENGER MILE

$0.888

(1) Boardings are the official transit industry measurement. One boarding is one person boarding a transit vehicle. Often called trips (not to be confused with round trips!)

Since most people make round trips, the number of people is ½ the number of boardings (actually a bit less because of transfers allowing some people to make two boardings on a trip to work or home.)

 

(2) From page 59 of C-Tran’s 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Notes:

* Data for passenger boardings and passenger miles reflect the National Transit Database (NTD) data and are computed on a statistically sampled basis, and subject to

statistical variations from year to year.

* Data for operating and in-service miles and hours match the NTD reported data.

* Net operating cost excludes cost of service contracted to the Tri-County Metropolitan Transit District, Portland, Oregon (TriMet), depreciation and leases to match NTD reporting requirements.  

* Operating revenue includes passenger revenue, the sale of maps and rider's digests, revenue from contracts to provide additional service, advertising revenue, and room rental

for use of the Rose F. Besserman Community Room at Fisher's Landing Transit Center.

 

From pages -65  of C-Tran’s 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

 

* Annual cost of owning/operating a car for households with an income between $5000 and $70,000

calculated from www.bls.gov/cex/2010/share/income.pdf, see below and *below

Annual cost of owning a car* for various household income levels

 

data from: Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2010 - www.bls.gov/cex/2010/share/income.pdf

Household income   

All

$5-9,999

$10-14,999

$15-19,999

$20-29,999

$30- 39,999

$40-49,999

$50-69,999

$70,000 up

Avg. Annual Expenditures

$48109

$18297

$19909

$24935

$29158

$35556

$40616

$47966

$80708

Transportation

16.0%

12.6%

13.1%

15.3%

16.7%

17.5%

17.5%

16.2%

15.7%

Public Transportation

1.0%

.8%

.6%

.7%

.8%

.8%

.7%

.8%

1.3%

vehicles per household

1.9

.8

.9

1.2

1.5

1.7

2.0

2.2

2.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calculated data (see below for details)

 

Transport Without transit(1)

15.0%

11.8%

12.5%

14.6%

15.9%

16.7%

16.8%

15.4

14.4%

Total transportation $(2)

$7216

$2159

$2489

$3640

$4636

$5,938

$6823

$7387

$11622

For one car(3)

$3798

$2698

$2765

$3034

$3090

$3492

$3412

$3358

$4304

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average annual cost of owning & operating a car for incomes between $5000 and $70,000:

Average annual cost(4): $3121

 

Average cost per mile (5): 27.6 cents per vehicle-mile

Average cost per passenger-mile (6): 16.5 cents per passenger-mile (compare to C-Tran’s 88.8 cents)

(When comparing bus cost to car cost, it is important to note that the car cost includes all ownership & operating costs, taxes and user fees, while C-Tran buses DO NOT pay fuel taxes or road user fees, and does not include the full purchase cost of the bus.)

 

Details of the above Calculations

1:

Transport Without  transit %

 

Transportation  percent- Public Transit percent

2:

Total household transportation expense $

 

Without transit percent x Avg. Annual Expenditures

3:

For one car $

 

Transportation expense divided by number of cars

4:

For one car, average of incomes $5000-$69.999

 

Sum $5000 to $69,999 income columns divided by 7

5:

Cost per mile (based on 11,300 miles; TRANSPORTATION ENERGY DATA BOOK: EDITION 30—2011, table  8.9)

 

Average cost of one car divided by 11,300 miles

6:

Cost per passenger-mile

(based on 1.67 passengers/vehicle)

 

Cost per Vehicle-mile divided by 1.67

* The BLS data lumps all household vehicles into one category under transportation. Public transportation is listed separately, but no distinction is made between vehicle types such as car, van, sport utility, pickup, other trucks and motorcycles.

For simplicity we just call them cars, which is probably an accurate reflection of all personal vehicle travel.