American Pubic Transportation Association reports 5.3 billion trips in first half of 2015

November 9, 2015

Nearly 5.3 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation in the first six months of 2015, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This is a 0.9 percent decrease over the same period last year, representing 50 million fewer trips.Website Insert Keep Your Money In-State copy

The following public transportation systems reported the highest ridership in their history: Capital District Transportation Authority (Albany, N.Y.); Caltrain (San Carlos, Calif.), EMBARK (Oklahoma City, Okla.); Metro Transit (Minneapolis, Minn.); Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (Greensboro, N.C.), and Sound Transit (Seattle, Wash.).

Noting that the average price of gas during the first six months was $2.56, a drop of 29 percent, APTA President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Melaniphy said, “With a significant drop in gas prices, some people may have returned to driving, but still, most people continued their trips on public transportation. Considering the cost of owning and maintaining a car, public transit still offers a great way to save money.”

APTA’s most recent Transit Savings Report shows that an individual in a two-person household can save nearly $9,400 by living with one fewer car.

“Public transportation services offer individuals access to jobs,” said Melaniphy. “Since nearly 60 percent of trips are taken on public transportation for work commutes, public transit ridership often increases when employment goes up.”

Nationally, heavy rail ridership increased by 0.5 percent in the first six months of 2015 with nine of 15 systems reporting increases. Cities with heavy rail systems showing the highest percentage of increases were located in the following cities: San Francisco, Calif. (4.3 percent); Atlanta, Ga. (3.1 percent); Philadelphia, Pa. (2.3 percent); Jersey City, N.J. (2.1 percent); New York, NY-MTA Staten Island Railway (1.9 percent); Cleveland, Ohio (1.7 percent); and Miami, Fla. (1.3 percent).

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