Use of public transit surging across the country


Rider’s on Washington’s Metro system. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Over at Post Nation, former Dr. Gridlock understudy Mark Berman reports that use of public transit in the U.S. is skyrocketing.

According to the American Public Transportation Association, Mark reports, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transit last year, the highest number in more than five decades.

The surge in ridership was seen on all types of transit options around the country, APTA reports: There were ridership spikes on commuter rail lines in Austin (up 37.3 percent), Anchorage (30 percent) and Minneapolis (12.5 percent); hefty increases for light rail in New Orleans (28.9 percent), Denver (14.9 percent) and San Diego (10.4 percent); upticks for subway systems and elevated trains in Miami (10.6 percent), Los Angeles (4.8 percent) and Cleveland (2.9 percent); and growth on bus systems in Washington, D.C. (3.5 percent), Houston (3.4 percent) and Cincinnati (3.4 percent), Mark writes.

Overall, last year had the highest ridership since 1956 and was the eighth consecutive year that at least 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation, APTA reported.

Read the full post here.

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