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BREAKING: Public Transportation Ridership Surged in First Quarter, Report Says

Monday, June 04, 2012 - 10:33 AM

Five percent more Americans rode transit between January and March of this year, compared to the same period last year.  That's according to a report by the American Public Transportation Association, the transit lobby.  APTA says this is fifth consecutive quarter that transit ridership rose.

At least a dozen jurisdictions saw their highest ridership ever,  the report said, including New York, Boston,  Oakland,  San Diego, Charlotte, Tampa, Indianapolis, and Ann Arbor, MI; Fort Myers, FL;  Ithaca, NY and Olympia, WA.

In a statement, APTA President and CEO Micheal Melaniphy attributed the rise to high gas prices, along with "the use of real time technology" which "makes it easy for riders to know when the next bus or train will arrive. "

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