Patronage (transport)

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In public transport, patronage or ridership is a type of forecasting or statistic for studying the average quantity of passengers ("patrons") carried per certain time in a mode of public transit system. The concept should not be confused with the maximum loading capacity of one particular vehicle or the whole transit system. The gathered or predicted ridership data is usually referred by transport planner to align the route and decide what kind of vehicle will be employed.

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