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Transit Ridership Declined Nationally in 2018, APTA Report Finds

The latest data from the American Public Transportation Association reveals the national consequences of many local examples of declining transit use.
April 17, 2019, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Americans took 9.9 billion public transit trips in 2018, a 2% decrease from 2017, according to a report [pdf] from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)," reports Katie Pyzyk.

"Bus ridership fell 1.84%, light rail (streetcars, modern trolleys, heritage trolleys) fell 2.98% and heavy rail (subways and elevated trains) fell 2.6%," adds Pyzyk. "Commuter rail was the only mode with a ridership increase at 0.41%."

Pyzyk compares the APTA data to date from the American Community Survey and KPMG and finds similar narratives emerging. The article also includes a survey of some of the steps local transit agencies are taking to deliver more contemporary transit solutions, while also linking to reports that include more recommendations on the steps local and regional transit agencies can take to win back riders.

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Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in Smart Cities Dive
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