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Preferred payment methods in U.S. public transit by city 2016

This statistic shows the most preferred payment methods in public transit in the United States in 2016, broken down by selected cities. During the survey, 60 percent of the mass transit riders in Atlanta preferred to pay cash for their trip.

Most preferred payment methods in public transit in the United States in 2016, by selected cities

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Release date

November 2016


United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

2,006 respondents

Age group

25-43 years old

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Survey was conducted via mobile app polling and targeted active mass transit riders in the nine largest transit markets in the United States: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. .
Mass transit transportation categories included subway/light rail, train, bus, boat, car share, bike share and other.

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