Monday, March 11, 2013

Record high for public transportation

According to American Public Transportation Association (APTA) president Michael Melaniphy, Americans took a record 10.5 billion trips on public transit during 2012. It was the second-highest ridership since 1957, according to the APTA.

APTA issued a report today documenting U.S. public transportation ridership.

“What is tremendous is that every mode of public transportation showed an increase in ridership,” Melaniphy said. “Public transit ridership grew in all areas of the country – north, south, east, and west — in small, medium and large communities, with at least 16 public transit systems reporting record ridership.”

This rider of public transit certainly saw an increase in bus ridership in Lake County, Calif. And she’ll have plenty of company in Jackson County, Ore.

During 2011-2012, according to the Lake Transit Authority (LTA) annual report, ridership increased by 68,000. The report was reviewed and accepted during the August 2012 LTA meeting.

Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) reported a gain in bus ridership by 22 percent from April to January compared to the previous year. With regular day service isolated from new evening and Saturday hours that took effect last April, ridership still increased more than 16 percent on average according to RVTD.

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