The American Public Transportation Association says that 90 percent of public transit trips affect local economies through work commutes and consumer spending habits.
That was the key finding of a study sponsored by the trade group, which said 63 percent of public transit riders use transit systems at least five days a week and 13 percent use them six or seven days a week.
Most riders are in the most economically active years of their lives between age 20 and 64.
More than 70 percent of transit riders are employed. Seven percent are students.
But not all of them are riding to work. Since 2007 use of public transit to go shopping has more than doubled.
Public transit ridership has increased by 37 percent since 1995, which APTA said is a growth rate higher than the 20 percent increase in the U.S. population and higher than the 23 percent growth in the use of the country’s highway systems.
The study was conducted by CJI Research Corporation.