Public Transit Ridership
Los Angeles County

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Metro Rail Yellow Line in Downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.

System Ridership Vehicles in Operation at Peak Weekday Usage Year Founded Contact
(Telephone)
Metro - Bus 342,749,667 1,892 1958 323-GO-METRO (323-466-3876)
Metro - Street Car 63,704,768 144 1990 same as above
Metro - Rapid Rail 47,721,185 70 1993 same as above
Long Beach Transit - Bus 28,060,212 187 1963 562-591-2301
Hearing Impaired: 711
Long Beach Transit - Boat (AquaBus; AquaLink) 58,213 4 1998 562-591-2301
Hearing Impaired: 711
Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) (Commuter Express; DASH) 24,266,100 252 1976 (213, 310, 323 or 818) 808-2273
Hearing Impaired: 711
Big Blue Bus (Santa Monica) 20,543,294 145 1928 310-451-5444
Foothill Transit 14,596,534 282 1988 800-743-3463
Southern California Regional Rail Authority (MetroLink) 11,824,612 173 1992 800-371-5465
TTY 800-698-4833 (4TDD)
Montebello Bus Lines 7,588,606 65 1931 323-558-1625
Culver City Bus 4,979,334 43 1928 310-253-6510
LA Go Bus* 1,528,931 19 2000 888-769-1122
Hearing Impaired: 711
System Ridership Vehicles in Operation at Peak Weekday Usage Year Founded Contact
(Telephone)
Torrance Transit 4,069,166 45 1940 310-618-6266
G Trans (Gardena) 3,687,038 43 1940 323-965-8888
Antelope Valley Transit Authority 3,430,673 62 1992 661-945-9445
Santa Clarita Transit 3,314,511 67 1991 661-294-1BUS (1287)
Norwalk Transit 1,528,931 19 1974 562-929-5550
City of Commerce Municipal Bus Lines 612,131 10 1960 323-887-4419
Beach Cities Transit (Redondo Beach) 398,028 10 2005 310-802-7686; 310-271-5200
TDD 424-212-4299
DowneyLINK (Downey) 212,195 7 1994 562-529-LINK (5465)
Palos Verdes Transit Authority 157,087 21 1992 310-544-7108
Glendora Shuttle Services 7,382 2 2009 626-852-4814

*Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

Source: California State Controller



The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (branded "Metro," once "MTA") was created in 1993 from a merger of the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) and the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission.


Metro bus system operates as many as 2,000 buses at peak time on 189 routes. There are 18,500 bus stops in Metro's 1,433 square mile service area.


The oldest public transit bus systems still operating in Los Angeles County are Culver City Transit (established March 4, 1928) and Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (established April 14, 1928).


In 2012, there were 2,361 licensed taxi cabs in the City of Los Angeles as compared to more than 13,200 in New York City, 7,200 in Washington D.C. and 6,600 in Chicago. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation reported more than 8.4 million taxi trips in the city. By 2015, two years after the arrival and impact of Uber and Lyft, the number of taxi trips had declined to about 6.1 million.