NYC Leading Nationwide Transit Boom

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Crowded subway car (Kate Hinds)

New York City is leading a nationwide boom in public transportation use.

A new study finds that Americans are taking transit in greater numbers than any time since 1956. Public transit riders took nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013.

The new numbers come from the American Public Transportation Association. "Public transportation systems nationwide โ€“ in small, medium, and large communities โ€“ saw ridership increases. Some reported all-time high ridership numbers," said APTA Chair Peter Vargas in a statement, attributing the rise in transit use to a "fundamental shift" in the way people use public transportation.

Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Denver and San Diego all had large gains, but the New York area saw the greatest increase, accounting for one in three trips nationally.


Comments [3]

HipHopSays from Fort Greene

Irving I suspect you didn't have much of 'your money' in NYC in the first place. Having a car in the city just doesn't make sense. The city is congested (squared)making finding parking an adventure, there are tolls at many of the bridges to the island (which are imposed by the 'authorities' not the city), and you just don't get from point A to point B faster than by public transit (all things considered). none of these things are 'mayoral' in scope just a shift in demographics. It's great there's a generation of folks who have grown up and embraced the idea of public transportation it's just sad the MTA is more concerned with increasing advertising footprint (the new digital displays in midtown subways) and putting wi-fi in stations rather than shoring up infrastructure and retiring cars that have been in services for 50+ years (the older C train models).

Jun. 24 2014 03:40 PM
Common Sense from NYC

Irving Schlinger,

Increased mass transit use has little to do with a declining economy. In fact, in this case it indicates strong growth within urban areas.

Mar. 13 2014 04:08 PM
Irving Schlinger

What did you expect? With the economy tanked the last 6 years, less people in the city can afford to maintain an auto or take a taxi. Now with the nice, new mayor, you can expect increased taxes on everything that moves. Wouldn't surprise me if that greedy idiot increases the 'nuisance' taxes on car registration, city parking, and maybe slaps an extra tax on fuel. People with any money what so ever to enjoy are a 'nuisance' to deBlasio. I will save him the trouble and keep my dirty money out of NYC.

Mar. 13 2014 12:35 PM

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