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Upswing in Public Transit

Upswing in Public Transit
Posted Sunday, March 9th 2014 @ 1pm  by KFBK News

Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming.

Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise - the highest total since 1956. The new numbers come from the American Public Transportation Association.

Transit ridership has now fully recovered from a dip caused by the Great Recession. With services restored following economy-driven cutbacks, the numbers appear set to continue what had been a steady increase.

Expanding bus and train networks help spur the growth, as does the nation's urban shift. Two sprawling cities - Houston and Phoenix - had large ridership gains. So did Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Denver and San Diego.

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