With younger generations struggling with car ownership and a push by some cities to limit access by vehicles, it would make sense that public transportation usage is going to rise…and it did in 2013 by 1.1%.
There were 10.7 billion trips taken last year on buses, trains and other forms of public transportation, marking eight consecutive years of more than 10 billion trips, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). It was also the highest number of trips since in 57 years.
The use of public transport has been in the rise for some time now. Since 1995 public transit ridership is up 37.2%, outpacing population growth, which is up 20.3%, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which is up 22.7%. (more…)