Report: Transit Ridership Up For Third Quarter in a Row

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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.