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ridership

[rahy-der-ship]
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noun
  1. the passengers who use a given public transportation system, as buses or trains, or the number of such passengers.
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Origin of ridership

First recorded in 1965–70; rider + -ship
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Word Origin and History for ridership

n.

mid-15c., "position of a rider," from rider + -ship. From 1962 as "number of passengers" (on public transportation, etc.).

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