Mass transit and public transportation expenditures

October 01, 1999

The average household spent $393 on public transportation in 1997 and about 22 percent went to intracity travel. Of that, the bulk consisted of expenditures on mass transit.

Percent distribution of public transportation expenditures on intracity travel by consumers, 1997
[Chart data—TXT]

About 65 percent of intracity public transportation expenditures were allocated to mass transit in 1997. After mass transit, the next biggest category of expenditure for intracity travel was local transportation on trips, at approximately 15 percent.

Eleven percent of intracity public transportation expenditures arose from taxi and limousine travel in a consumer’s home area while about 9 percent arose from taxi and limousine travel on trips.

These data are a product of the BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey program. Additional information is available from "Issues in Labor Statistics: Expenditures on Public Transportation" (PDF 16K).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Mass transit and public transportation expenditures on the Internet at (visited September 28, 2016).


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.