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CyRide Automatic Passenger Counter Data, October 2021 - March 2023

posted on 2023-04-19, 21:23 authored by Keith Wilbur

The Ames Transit Agency, doing business as CyRide, is the public transportation agency serving the Ames, Iowa metropolitan area, including the campus of Iowa State University. In 2021, CyRide installed automatic passenger counters (APCs) across the fixed-route bus fleet. This allowed the agency to begin collecting per-bus, per-stop rider information, which is assembled in the attached data. Capacity levels on buses were also published via rider apps to allow passengers to select rides on vehicles with lower occupancy. 

These files could be used to model transit activity in a university community, analyze how transit usage changes as COVID-19 risks subside, or provide a general view of transportation within a small urban community. 

Change log:

  • 2023-04-19: data files for July 2022 through March 2023 have been added to the dataset and the title and readme have been updated accordingly. 


This project was supported through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program, which funded projects designed to address issues faced by transit entities stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.


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