According to figures gathered by the American Public Transportation Association, commuters took nearly 10.7 billion public transit trips in 2013– the highest figure since 1956. Americans are making more use of trains, public buses, and subways, than at any time since the suburbs came into existence. Ridership on mass transit, which had experienced a slump during the 2008 economic slump, is now fully resurgent. Services cut during the sluggish economic times have been restored, and a national urban shift has enabled the expansion of bus and train networks. Cities that saw a significant ridership increase included Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle, with the enormous New York City transit network seeing the greatest increase in public transit use.
By Laura Prendergast
Seattle Post Intelligencer