A federal database includes information on the operating expense per passenger mile for buses. Below, a chart compares Wilmington’s cost per passenger mile with other cities across North Carolina. Wave Transit data was last updated in 2005. To maintain consistency, it was compared to other 2005 transit data.
There are different ways to compare efficiency, said Wave Transit Executive Director Albert Eby.
In another type of comparison, Wave Transit is more efficient than several statewide peers.
Contractors preparing Wave Transit’s Short Range Transit Plan examined data from 2007 to 2011. During that time, Wave Transit’s operating cost per revenue hour fluctuated between $48 and $55, according to a January draft of the plan. Several peer agencies, including transit groups in Fayetteville, High Point and Asheville, have costs per revenue hour of between $60 and $72, according to the plan.
|Bus agency||Year||Cost per passenger mile||Service area population|
|Capital Area Transit||2005||$0.75||311,053|
|Asheville Transit System||2005||$0.75||69,889|
|Durham Area Transit Authority||2005||$0.69||179,000|
|Greensboro Transit Authority||2005||$0.78||235,262|
|Charlotte Area Transit System||2005||$0.80||681,310|
|Winston-Salem Area Transit Authority||2005||$1.39||199,500|
|Fayetteville Area System of Transit||2005||$0.74||130,692|
Source: National Transit Database
Date posted: February 24, 2012
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