Nationally, 5.2 billion trips were taken on public transportation in the first six months of 2011, an increase of 85.7 million trips (1.7%) according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) at its 2011 annual meeting and EXPO in New Orleans. All major modes of public transportation saw increases, despite the fact that the economic downturn continues. Heavy rail and light rail saw the largest increases in the first six months with increases of 3.8 percent and 3.7 percent respectively.
“There is strong support for public transportation nationwide and the uptick in our 2011 ridership figures is a reflection of this,” said APTA President Millar. “Now is the time for our country to invest more in public transportation and prepare for the larger demand that will occur when the recession ends.”