In a Press Release this week, the American Public Transportation Association released figures for 2013 which show record use of mass transit.
Record 10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2013
The Highest Transit Ridership in 57 Years
In 2013 Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 57 years, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This was the eighth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide. While vehicle miles traveled on roads (VMT) went up 0.3 percent, public transportation use in 2013 increased by 1.1 percent.
“Last year people took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation. As the highest annual ridership number since 1956, Americans in growing numbers want to have more public transit services in their communities,” said Peter Varga, APTA Chair and CEO of The Rapid in Grand Rapids, MI. “Public transportation systems nationwide – in small, medium, and large communities – saw ridership increases. Some reported all-time high ridership numbers.”
With record use of transit, it is hard to believe that the industry estimates somewhere between 10-30% of individuals are utilizing a pre-tax mass transit or parking account for their workplace commute. In fact, pre-tax mass transit and parking benefits are one of the most unknown and underutilized benefits available. To learn more about what commuter benefits are, view this brief video.