Light Rail Ridership up 3% in 1st Quarter

The American Public Transportation Association said light rail ridership in the United States increased by 3 percent in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.

APTAThirteen of the 29 light-rail systems in the country posted ridership gains.

Commuter-rail ridership rose 2.7 percent with 16 of 29 systems reporting increases.

Ridership on subways and elevated trains was up 2.5 percent.

The trade association said there were 2.6 billion trips made on all forms of public transportation, which was a 0.4 percent increase over the first quarter of 2015.

APTA said the rising patronage occurred during a time when gasoline prices remained low, noting that lower gas prices usually result in small dips in public transportation ridership.

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