Ridership Dashboard Definitions

Definitions and terms are based on UTA Transit Glossary and NTD website (https://www.transit.dot.gov/ntd/national-transit-database-ntd-glossary)


Bus - Bus Rapid Transit (UVX)
UTA Definition: A bus that runs in a dedicated lane for 50% or more of the route and has transit signal priority; also has a limited number of stops. (aka. UVX)

Relevant Reference from National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary: Bus Rapid Transit (RB): Fixed-route bus systems that operate at least 50 percent of the service on fixed guideway. These systems also have defined passenger stations, traffic signal priority or preemption, short headway bidirectional services for a substantial part of weekdays and weekend days; low-floor vehicles or level-platform boarding, and separate branding of the service. Agencies typically use off-board fare collection as well. This is often a lower-cost alternative to light rail.

Data Compilation Process: Passenger boardings come from the Automatic Passenger Counter equipped buses. Passengers are counted each time they board vehicles, regardless of how many vehicles they use to reach their destination. Also called Unlinked Passenger Trips (UPT).Buses are assigned by the dispatch system to scheduled blocks of work on a daily basis. The average of each trip sampled from each route, during the month, are then totaled the number of times that each trip was operated during the month. Monthly weekday averages come by dividing the number of boardings by the number of weekdays in that month.

Data Source: Automatic Passenger Counter (APC)


Bus - Express
UTA Definition: Express Bus is a premium service that provides direct routing, faster travel time and inter-county travel. These routes typically travel on freeways and provide transit connection between different cities with limited stops. See also ‘Bus, Express’.

Relevant Reference from National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary: Commuter Bus (CB): Local fixed-route bus transportation primarily connecting outlying areas with a central city. Characterized by a motorcoach (aka over-the-road bus), multiple trip tickets, multiple stops in outlying areas, limited stops in the central city, and at least five miles of closed-door service.

Data Compilation Process: Passenger boardings come from the Automatic Passenger Counter equipped buses. Passengers are counted each time they board vehicles, regardless of how many vehicles they use to reach their destination. Also called Unlinked Passenger Trips (UPT).Buses are assigned by the dispatch system to scheduled blocks of work on a daily basis. The average of each trip sampled from each route, during the month, are then totaled the number of times that each trip was operated during the month. Monthly weekday averages come by dividing the number of boardings by the number of weekdays in that month.

Data Source: Automatic Passenger Counter (APC)


Bus - Regular
UTA Definition: A transit mode using rubber-tired passenger vehicles operating on fixed routes and schedules over roadways.

Relevant Reference from National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary: Bus (MB) A transit mode comprised of rubber-tired passenger vehicles operating on fixed routes and schedules over roadways. Vehicles are powered by:

  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Battery
  • Alternative fuel engines contained within the vehicle.

Data Compilation Process: Passenger boardings come from the Automatic Passenger Counter equipped buses. Passengers are counted each time they board vehicles, regardless of how many vehicles they use to reach their destination. Also called Unlinked Passenger Trips (UPT). Buses are assigned by the dispatch system to scheduled blocks of work on a daily basis. The average of each trip sampled from each route, during the month, are then totaled the number of times that each trip was operated during the month. Monthly weekday averages come by dividing the number of boardings by the number of weekdays in that month.

Data Source: Automatic Passenger Counter (APC)


Bus - Ski
UTA Definition: A transit mode using rubber-tired passenger vehicles operating on fixed routes and schedules over roadways. This directly applies to buses used to service ski resorts in canyons in UTA service area.

Relevant Reference from National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary:
According to NTD definition, UTA ski service is considered as Bus (MB).
Bus (MB) A transit mode comprised of rubber-tired passenger vehicles operating on fixed routes and schedules over roadways. Vehicles are powered by:

  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Battery
  • Alternative fuel engines contained within the vehicle.

Data Compilation Process: Passenger boardings come from the Automatic Passenger Counter equipped buses. Passengers are counted each time they board vehicles, regardless of how many vehicles they use to reach their destination. Also called Unlinked Passenger Trips (UPT).Buses are assigned by the dispatch system to scheduled blocks of work on a daily basis. The average of each trip sampled from each route, during the month, are then totaled the number of times that each trip was operated during the month. Monthly weekday averages come by dividing the number of boardings by the number of weekdays in that month.

Data Source: Automatic Passenger Counter (APC)


Commuter Rail
UTA Definition: Rail that connects suburbs to downtown – with rides longer than 10 minutes. (aka. FrontRunner).

Relevant Reference from National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary: Commuter Rail (CR): An electric or diesel propelled railway for urban passenger train service consisting of local travel which operates between a central city and outlying areas. Service must be operated on a regular basis by or under contract with a transit operator for the purpose of transporting passengers within urbanized areas (UZAs), or between urbanized areas and outlying areas. Commuter rail is generally characterized by multi-trip tickets, specific station-to-station fares, railroad employment practices, relatively long distance between stops, and only 1-2 stations in the central business district.

Data Compilation Process: Passengers are counted each time they board vehicles, regardless of how many vehicles they use to reach their destination. Also called Unlinked Passenger Trips (UPT). 100% of vehicles are equipped with APC’s. Trips can be missed because of service interruptions or equipment failure. Missing trips are factored by taking the average of boarding’s from the car position in the consist, at each stop from the monthly boarding’s for that specific trip that is missing. Monthly weekday averages come by dividing the number of boardings by the number of weekdays in that month.

Data Source: Automatic Passenger Counter (APC)


Light Rail
UTA Definition: A type of electric rail transit system that uses lighter cars compared to heavy rail cars on a fixed guide way. Light Rail may be on exclusive or shared right-of-way, and have high or low platforms, with single or multi-car trains. (aka. TRAX)

Relevant Reference from National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary:
Light Rail (LR): A transit mode that typically is an electric railway with a light volume traffic capacity compared to heavy rail (HR). It is characterized by:

  • Passenger rail cars operating singly (or in short, usually two car, trains) on fixed rails in shared or exclusive right-of-way (ROW);
  • Low or high platform loading; and
  • Vehicle power drawn from an overhead electric line via a trolley or a pantograph

Data Compilation Process: Passengers are counted each time they board vehicles, regardless of how many vehicles they use to reach their destination. Also called Unlinked Passenger Trips (UPT). 100% of vehicles are equipped with APC’s. Trips can be missed because of service interruptions or equipment failure. Missing trips are factored by taking the average of the sampled trips from the month. Monthly weekday averages come by dividing the number of boardings by the number of weekdays in that month.

Data Source: Automatic Passenger Counter (APC)


Paratransit
UTA Definition: Transportation service required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for individuals with disabilities who are unable to use fixed-route transportation in some or all instances. Paratransit is a complementary service, meaning it must operate alongside non-commuter routes during the same hours for no more than 2x the fixed route fare. UTA Paratransit offers curb-to-curb service for eligible riders within a 3/4 mile buffer of applicable fixed routes.

Relevant Reference from National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary:
Demand Response (DR): A transit mode comprised of passenger cars, vans or small buses operating in response to calls from passengers or their agents to the transit operator, who then dispatches a vehicle to pick up the passengers and transport them to their destinations. A demand response (DR) operation is characterized by the following:

  • The vehicles do not operate over a fixed route or on a fixed schedule except, perhaps, on a temporary basis to satisfy a special need, and
  • Typically, the vehicle may be dispatched to pick up several passengers at different pick-up points before taking them to their respective destinations and may even be interrupted en route to these destinations to pick up other passengers. The following types of operations fall under the above definitions provided they are not on a scheduled fixed route basis:
    • Many origins - many destinations
    • Many origins - one destination
    • One origin - many destinations, and
    • One origin - one destination

Data Compilation Process: Passengers are counted each time they board vehicles, regardless of how many vehicles they use to reach their destination. Also called Unlinked Passenger Trips (UPT). A 100% count for Paratransit users. Monthly weekday averages come by dividing the number of boardings by the number of weekdays in that month.

Data Source: Trapeze PASS


Route Deviation
UTA Definition: A transit mode using rubber-tired passenger vehicles operating onany route-deviated or point-deviated service routes and schedules over roadways,

Relevant Reference from National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary:
Route Deviation: A type of transit service that operates as conventional fixed route bus (MB) service along a fixed alignment or path with scheduled time points at each terminal point and key intermediate locations. Route deviation service is different than conventional fixed route bus (MB) service in that the bus (MB) may deviate from the route alignment to serve destinations within a prescribed distance (e.g., ¾ mile) of the route. Following an off route deviation, the bus must return to the point on the route it left. Passengers may use the service in two ways:

  • If they want to be taken off route as part of a service deviation, they must tell the bus operator when boarding, or
  • If they want to be picked up at an off route location, they must call the transit system and request a pickup, and the dispatcher notifies the bus operator

Data Compilation Process: Passengers are counted each time they board vehicles, regardless of how many vehicles they use to reach their destination. Also called Unlinked Passenger Trips (UPT). A 100% count of flex route users by bus operators. Monthly weekday averages come by dividing the number of boardings by the number of weekdays in that month.

Data Source: Manual Operator Count


Streetcar
UTA Definition: A type of electric rail transit system that uses lighter cars compared to heavy rail cars on a fixed guide way. Light Rail may be on exclusive or shared rightof-way, and have high or low platforms, with single or multi-car trains. (aka. Streetcar)

Relevant Reference from National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary:
According to NTD definition, UTA's Streetcar (S-Line) is considered as the mode of Light Rail. Light Rail (LR): A transit mode that typically is an electric railway with a light volume traffic capacity compared to heavy rail (HR). It is characterized by:

  • Passenger rail cars operating singly (or in short, usually two car, trains) on fixed rails in shared or exclusive right-of-way (ROW);
  • Low or high platform loading; and
  • Vehicle power drawn from an overhead electric line via a trolley or a pantograph

Data Compilation Process: Passengers are counted each time they board vehicles, regardless of how many vehicles they use to reach their destination. Also called Unlinked Passenger Trips (UPT).100% of vehicles are equipped with APC’s. Trips can be missed because of service interruptions or equipment failure. Missing trips are factored by taking the average of the sampled trips from the month. Monthly weekday averages come by dividing the number of boardings by the number of weekdays in that month.

Data Source: Automatic Passenger Counter (APC)


Systemwide
UTA Definition: Includes all ridership of UTA

Relevant Reference from National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary: NA

Data Compilation Process: Compiled from ridership from all UTA services.

Data Source: Varies


Vanpool
UTA Definition: The nonprofit mode of prearranged commuter transportation of a relatively fixed group of five to 15 persons, including the driver, between home and work, or termini near home and work, in a vehicle that is owned by UTA and leased to participants.

Relevant Reference from National Transit Database (NTD) Glossary:
Vanpool (VP): A transit mode comprised of vans, small buses and other vehicles operating as a ride sharing arrangement, providing transportation to a group of individuals traveling directly between their homes and a regular destination within the same geographical area. The vehicles shall have a minimum seating capacity of seven persons, including the driver. For inclusion in the NTD, it is considered mass transit service if it meets the requirements for public mass transportation and is publicly sponsored.

Public mass transportation for vanpool programs must:

     
  • Be open to the public and that any vans that are restricted a priori to particular employers in the public ride-matching service of the vanpool are excluded from the NTD report;
  • Be actively engaged in advertising the vanpool service to the public and in matching interested members of the public to vans with available seats;
  • Whether operated by a public or private entity, be operated in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and implementing regulations at 49 CFR 37.31; and
  • Have a record-keeping system in place to meet all NTD Reporting Requirements, consistent with other modes, including collecting and reporting full-allocated operating and capital costs for the service.

Publicly sponsored service is:

  • Directly-operated by a public entity;
  • Operated by a public entity via a contract for purchased transportation service with a private provider; or
  • Operated by a private entity as a grant recipient or subrecipient from a public entity; or
  • Operated by an independent private entity with approval from a public entity that certifies that the vanpool program is helping meet the overall transportation needs of the local urbanized area

Data Compilation Process: Passengers are counted each time they board vehicles, regardless of how many vehicles they use to reach their destination. Also called Unlinked Passenger Trips (UPT).A 100% count for VanPool users through RidePro internet self reporting system. Monthly weekday averages come by dividing the number of boardings by the number of weekdays in that month.

Data Source: Trapeze RidePRO