Public Transit Ridership Soars

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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They've tried it and they apparently like it.

The nation's public transportation systems have seen the largest quarterly ridership jump in 25 years.

The American Public Transportation Association says subways, buses, commuter rail and light-rail systems saw a 6.5% jump in ridership from July to September. In that same period, Americans drove less on the nation's highways, even as gas prices began easing from more than $4 a gallon in mid-July.

The association says it's possible that many motorists experimented with public transport to avoid high gas prices, and later found "it works for them."

But with gas prices dropping below $2 a gallon, the coming months could be a real test for public transportation.


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