Americans turned to public transport more in 2013 than any other year since 1956. Attributed to a recovering economy, growing transit systems, and more options, Americans made 10.7 billion trips on public transportation last year.
The rise in public transport has been pinned to the urban shift across the country, including many Americans' preference to live near transit lines. Sprawling cities such as Seattle, Miami, Denver, and San Diego saw major increases due to renewed focus on public transit systems. However, New York City, which accounts for one in three trips nationally, saw the biggest bump in 2013.
“People are making a fundamental shift to having options,” explained Michael Melaniphy, president and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association. “This is a long-term trend. This isn’t just a blip.”
New York City’s system experienced an increase of more than 120 million trips in 2013, a 3.6 percent increase from 2012.