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Public Transportation Use at its Highest Level in 57 Years

Riders take 10.7 billion trips in 2013.

by on Mar.12, 2014

While Millennials expect to buy a car at some point, they are more likely to use public transit options when it is more cost effective.

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…)

Opinion: Let the Whining Over Rising Gas Prices Begin

As auto enthusiasts, it's your job to explain possible solutions to the uninformed.

by on Dec.31, 2010

Gas prices are starting to creep up and some experts are suggesting that they could exceed $5 per gallon.

Let the hysteria begin. As if on cue, just as gasoline prices crested $3, the whiners started complaining that “something has to be done.”

Fueling the fire this week was a former Shell Oil executive who predicted $5 gasoline as soon as 2012. John Hofmeister, now head of Citizens for Affordable Energy, said worldwide demand for oil would drive up the price of gasoline to unheard of levels, according to ABC News. Unheard of, at least, for spoiled residents of this country.

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The histrionics on a local radio station seemed to be emblematic of the issue. “We’ll figure something out by then” says one talking head. Within a year? After years of watching the problem fester like an open sore?

Maybe the government should subsidize gasoline or employers will step up to give us all raises so we can pay for these high gas prices, says her partner. Seventy-five dollars to fill a 15-gallon tank. No one will be able to afford to fill their tank.