I was interested in finding change in transit ridership between 2000 and the 2005 to 2009 period captured in the American Community Survey, so I mapped the ACS2009 5-Year data and Census 2000 data at the block group level, then joined it with station areas, using area-weighted allocation for any block groups only partially within a 1/2 mile radius area.
We have a lot of data that is currently being used in research projects, but I wanted to share some of the findings below.
Which station areas experienced the highest growth in total number of transit commuters?
|RED/PURPLE - WESTLAKE / MACARTHUR PARK||2530.5|
|RED/PURPLE - WILSHIRE / VERMONT||1784.8|
|PURPLE - WILSHIRE / NORMANDIE||1711.1|
|RED - VERMONT / SANTA MONICA||1172.4|
|RED - VERMONT / SUNSET||743.3|
|RED - HOLLYWOOD / WESTERN||610.5|
|RED - VERMONT / BEVERLY||601.1|
|BLUE - ANAHEIM||461.4|
|ORANGE - RESEDA STATION||431.4|
|ORANGE - VAN NUYS STATION||297.6|
Which station areas experienced the greatest change in the percentage of workers who commuted on transit?
|GREEN - I-105 / AVIATION||8.24%|
|BLUE - WILLOW||6.19%|
|GOLD - S WEST MUSEUM / FIGUEROA||5.95%|
|GOLD - ALLEN AVE||5.62%|
|RED - VERMONT / SUNSET||4.23%|
|ORANGE - DE SOTO STATION||4.12%|
|GREEN - I-105 / AVALON||4.09%|
|GOLD - MISSION ST||4.05%|
|GREEN - NASH / MARIPOSA||3.92%|
|GOLD - HOLLY ST||3.57%|
Many of the green line stations in the second table have very few workers in the area, so the numbers are skewed. For instance, the I-105/Aviation station only had 800 workers within 1/2 mile, and 40 of them took transit.
Obviously the new Gold and Orange lines would be expected to create new transit commuters, since they opened in between the two Census surveys. I think the big success story is the Vermont and Sunset station, which added 743 transit commuters and 2,023 workers between 2000 and 2005-2009. This likely indicates that many people moved to the Vermont/Sunset station area specifically because they wanted to take transit to work.
What do you think?