Extreme weather, public transport ridership and moderating effect of bus stop shelters

Qing Miao, Eric Welch, P. S. Sriraj

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This paper examines how extreme weather conditions influence urban public transport ridership with a particular focus on the role of bus stop shelters. Using bus ridership data from the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, we find that extreme weather such as very high and low temperatures, and heavy rainfall reduces public transport ridership, while bus stop shelters have a modest effect on mitigating ridership losses resulting from these adverse weather conditions. The moderating effect of shelters is more pronounced on weekdays, and for bus stops with lower service frequency and fewer transfers. Our research also shows that the installation of bus shelters correlates with a variety of factors including service frequency, land use types, and local socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. Overall, our findings suggest that public transport amenities with weather-proof attributes have the potential to retain and attract more ridership on extreme weather days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-133
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Transport Geography
StatePublished - Jan 2019


  • Bus shelters
  • Extreme weather
  • Infrastructure
  • Public transport
  • Ridership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • General Environmental Science


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