The American Public Transit Association released figures today showing transit ridership has risen for the third quarter in a row. That's the first time that's happened since 2008, when gas prices shot up over $5 a gallon in some areas.
According to APTA, nearly 2.6 billion trips were taken on public transportation between July and September, a 2.0 percent increase over the same quarter last year. APTA attributes the rise to high gas prices, improved real time passenger information, and "a recovering economy."
*Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco showed the highest increase in use of heavy rail (subways and elevated trains).
*Dallas, Seattle, and Salt Lake saw double digit hikes in light rail use.
The complete report is here.