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Payment methods used in U.S. public transit 2016

This statistic shows the payment methods used in public transit in the United States in 2016. According to the survey, about 30 percent of the mass transit riders paid cash at a physical location (via attendant) for their trip.

How do you normally pay for your transit trips?

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Release date



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.
Values may not add to 100 percent due to rounding.

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