Harrisburg, PA (CAT)
Las Vegas Monorail
Long Island (MTA)
Los Angeles (LACMTA)
New York City (MTA)
New York/Connecticut (MTA)
New York/New Jersey (PATH)
New Jersey (NJT)
Pierce County, WA
Philadelphia/New Jersey (PATCO)
Puget Sound Region (King County Metro)
Puget Sound Region (Sound Transit)
San Francisco Bay Area (BART)
San Francisco Bay Area (Caltrain)
Staten Island (MTA)
Washington, DC (WMATA)
The Federal Transit Administration reported the average farebox recovery ratio from 2002 to 2004 for all transit modes combined at 35 percent.
Ratio of fares to operating costs by available year for major public transport systems (%)
The percentage farebox recovery rate reported in the Wikipedia entry is much higher in Asia than in Europe or North America. Since the year of the documented ratios vary so greatly, it is difficult to suggest an average farebox ratio. The data indicates that farebox recovery rates do not cover operating costs for most transit systems in the U.S. and Europe. The chart below summarized from the Wikipedia entry, gives some illustration of the farebox ratios to opertating costs throughout the world. (Note: One unsubstantiated source claims the rates shown for Asia as not comparable against US fare box recovery numbers as the major source of income for transit in Asia, outside of subsidies and advertisements, is not fare box recovery, but rather commercial leases along the transit routes and within stations purchased at a discounted rate from the government.)
Region United States
A Wikipedia entry gives farebox recovery figures for cities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. The dates of the international numbers for some transit organizations are from 1991 to the present. In the U.S., the farebox recovery ratios range from 9.0 percent in Austin to a high of 60.6 percent in Washington D.C. The median farebox recovery ratio of major transit systems in the U. S. is approximately 35 percent, which compares with the reported FTA ratio for 2002-2004. A rough estimate of median farebox ratios, based on available data from different reporting years, for transit systems in Europe is 44 percent, in Canada 56 percent, and Asia 137 percent.
Most transit systems are not self-supporting, so advertising revenue and government subsidies are required to cover costs. Sources indicate the Hong Kong MTR Corporation and Singapore are two of the few self-supporting transit systems in the world.