Thursday, February 09, 2006

APTA Announces Increases in Public Transit Use

Good news from the American Public Transportation Association. According to their recent Q3 2005 study, all public transit modes relized increases over the year earlier. Question is, how to accellerate this trend?

Some points of interest:

  • national transit ridership grew by 3.3 % from the same period in 2004
  • vehicle miles of travel (VMT) decreased by 0.2%
  • Light rail showed the largest increase at 8.8% (wish we had some here)
  • Commuter rail showed the second highest national ridership increase of 4.6%
  • Heavy rail (subway) lines across the country averaged a 4.3% increase
  • Other types of public transportation showed the following increases: Bus (2.5%), Demand Response (3.2%) and Trolleybus (0.2%).
  • Many metro areas realized double digit ridership increases: Ann Arbor, MI 19.5%; Antioch, CA 10.0%; Atlanta, GA (Xpress) 121.0%; Big Bear Lake, CA 14.0%; Canton, OH 63.0%; Dallas, TX 14.9%; Durham, NH 12.0%; Eden Prairie, MN 16.7%; Flint, MI 20.0%; Fort Worth, TX 18.5%; Grand Rapids, MI 18.8%; Houston, TX 14.9%; Ithaca, NY 12.8 %; Jersey City, NJ 13.0% ; Kansas City, MO 13.0%; Knoxville, TN 12.9%; Logan, UT 19.7%; Montgomery, AL 20.3%; Muncie, IN 13.5%; North Little Rock, AR 15.2%; Oklahoma City, OK 17.0%; Palm Bay/Melbourne, FL 12.9%; Prince George's County, MD 12.0%; Reno, NV 12.4%; Salt Lake City, UT 17.7%; San Antonio, TX 13.8%; San Luis Obispo, CA 21.0%; Tucson, AZ 10.5%; Tulsa, OK 22.0%;

As a regular commuter by bus, I believe there has been a noticible increase in Boise, although I do not have any statistics to back that up.

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