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Public Transit Ridership Up in 2nd Quarter

September 27, 2019

Public transportation ridership was up in the second quarter of 2019 over the same period in 2018 the American Public Transportation Association reported.

APTA said transit ridership showed a 0.46 percent increase across all modes of public transportation in the second quarter, including a 1.44 percent increase on heavy-rail systems and a 3.54 percent increase on commuter-rail systems.

In a news release, APTA said bus ridership rose 0.5 percent in communities with populations of more than 2 million people, and 1.51 percent in systems in communities of less than 100,000 residents.

Light-rail ridership fell 4.13 percent in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

The report provides data on unlinked transit passenger trips taken on U.S. and Canadian public transit rail and bus systems.

APTA Study Supports More Late Night Transit Service

September 6, 2019

A study by the American Public Transportation Association has concluded that additional late night service is needed to serve the large share of workers who work at night and on weekends.

The APTA study found that late-shift workers in metropolitan areas are 40 percent less likely to commute via public transit because of inadequate service.

They are either driving to work or using such ride sharing services as Uber and Lyft.

In a news release, APTA said late-shift transit commuters who work in industries such as food service, health care, construction, education and finance, earn an estimated $28 billion in wages and generate $84 billion in sales each year.

Increased late-night transit access would result in access to opportunities for late-shift employees and increase the pool of workers for employers.

The APTA study recommends that transit systems increase operating hours to make services increasing operating hours to make services convenient and flexible, and establish programs dedicated to funding late-shift transit operations.

Voters OK 33 Public Transit Ballot Measures

November 9, 2016

The American Public Transportation Association said that 33 of 46 local and statewide public transit issues were approved by votes on Tuesday.

It said that was a 72 percent paaptassage rate and that collectively the measures represented a $200 billion investment in public transportation.

One of the top plans that won approval was a $120 billion transit plan in Los Angeles County, which received more than two-thirds approval.

It will fund several transit-rail projects in the region, including the Purple Line subway extension and a Regional Connector rail project.Other rail-related measures that won voter approval include:

• A half-cent sales tax increase in Atlanta that will raise $2.5 billion for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority expansions

A $3.5 billion bond measure that will provide funds for repairing and improving Bay Area Rapid Transit’s infrastructure.

• Measures allowing Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia to issue general bond obligations for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

• A half-cent sales tax increase in Wake County, North Carolina, to help pay for a 10-year, $2.3 billion plan to add commuter rail and increase bus service throughout the county.

Ballot measures that appeared to be headed for approval include a $54 billion, 25-year Sound Transit Proposition 1, which would fund an expansion of the light-rail system in Washington state’s Puget Sound region.

APTA Honors Cincinnati, Ann Arbor Agenices

July 28, 2016

Transit agencies in Cincinnati and Ann Arbor, Michigan, were recently honored by the American Public Transportation Association for their accomplishments in areas of sustainability.

APTA APTA recognize agencies that voluntarily participate in the association’s programs and pledges that focus on improvements in environment, social, and economic sustainability.

Other transit agencies honored serve San Jose, California; San Francisco; Santa Monica, California; and St. Petersburg, Florida.

Light Rail Ridership up 3% in 1st Quarter

June 10, 2016

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.