Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
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.