Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming.
Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise – the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and being released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association.
Transit ridership has now fully recovered from a dip caused by the recession. With services restored following economy-driven cutbacks, ridership numbers appear set to continue what had been a steady increase.
“People are making a fundamental shift to having options” aside from a car in how they get around, said Michael Melaniphy, president and CEO of the public transportation association. “This is a long-term trend. This isn’t just a blip.”
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