The following article appeared in the Associated Press on March 9, 2014.
Americans are taking public transit in record numbers – Associated Press
By Justin Pritchard
March 9, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.
The new numbers come from the American Public Transportation Association.
Transit ridership has now fully recovered from a dip caused by the Great Recession. With services restored following economy-driven cutbacks, the numbers appear set to continue what had been a steady increase.
Expanding bus and train networks help spur the growth, as does the nation’s urban shift.
The sprawling city of Houston had a large ridership gain. So did Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Denver and San Diego.
The New York area’s behemoth transit network saw the greatest gain, accounting for one in three trips nationally.
Gold Line Ridership
In related news, the Metro Gold Line light rail line experienced 1.16 million boardings in January 2014, up from 1.09 million boardings in January 2013. Average Saturday boardings increased by 34%, while average Sunday/holiday boardings had increased 67%, when comparing ridership numbers for the month of January in 2014 vs 2013.