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Atlanta (MARTA)

31.8%

2007

Austin (CMTA)

9.0%

2007

Boston (MBTA)

43.7%

2002

Chicago (CTA)

50.0%

2009

Cleveland (GCRTA)

21.5%

2002

Detroit (DDOT)

13.9%

2002

Harrisburg, PA (CAT)

35.0%

2005

Las Vegas Monorail

56.0%

2006

Long Island (MTA)

26.6%

2009

Los Angeles (LACMTA)

30.6%

2004

Maryland

26.3%

2002

Miami

16.1%

2002

New York City (MTA)

36%

2009

New York/Connecticut (MTA)

36.2%

2009

New York/New Jersey (PATH)

41.0%

2002

New Jersey (NJT)

56%

2001

Orlando (Lynx)

26%

2006

Philadelphia (SEPTA)

58.6%

2002

Pierce County, WA

13.0%

2009

Philadelphia/New Jersey (PATCO)

61.4%

2002

Puget Sound Region (King County Metro)

19.1%

2006

Puget Sound Region (Sound Transit)

22.2%

2007

San Francisco Bay Area (BART)

45%

2007

San Francisco Bay Area (Caltrain)

41%

2006

Staten Island (MTA)

15.2%

2002

Washington, DC (WMATA)

61.6%

2002

Canada

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

Ratio

Year

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.

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