Despite peaks and troughs over the past 64 years, the number of trips taken by passengers on Melbourne's public transport network is increasing.
The Melbourne Public Transport Patronage Long Run Series report examines patronage on metropolitan trains, trams and buses since the end of the Second World War (1946-47 to 2010-11).
Patronage is the number of trips taken on public transport. A single passenger journey may consist of multiple trips. For example, a person’s journey to work may involve a bus and a train trip. These trips are counted separately to calculate the level of activity on each mode in patronage estimates.