Wednesday, March 11, 2009

10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2008

It's the highest level in 52 years; ridership increased as gas prices decline and jobs were lost. From the American Public Transportation Association.

1 comment:

Leah Golby (aka This Quality Life or TQL) said...

I love that I keep reading that this is DESPITE jobs being lost. I imagine that as people are losing jobs, if they live in areas that have a relatively usable transit system - they are looking into driving less, and perhaps even getting rid of one of their cars. Of course ridership is up. Using public transit costs a lot less than car payments, upkeep and insurance.

The trick is that the transit system needs to be robust.

Here in NY's Capital Region - getting around without a car takes considerably more time and energy than bigger cities.