By: Darnell Grisby, Director of Policy Development and Research for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
As reported by many news outlets over the last two weeks, public transportation reached a new milestone in the United States in 2013. Ridership reached the highest level since 1957, representing shifting attitudes and public transportation’s increasing influence in daily life.
However, there are false assumptions that the recent growth in public transportation ridership occurred in New York City. Contrary to this inaccurate view, while New York City has lead the way, dissecting the ridership data shows that three categories of communities, also played a major role in national ridership growth.
The growth in public transportation has occurred across regions and city types. The Great Recession offered opportunities to reset behaviors and occurred during the rise of the Millennial Generation. Due to the combined shocks of economic dislocation and generational change, long lasting…
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