Public transit numbers hit a record high

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Americans are using public buses, trains, and subways more than ever before.

There were 10.7 billion trips in 2013. That’s the highest total since 1956 when the suburbs began booming.

The new numbers from the American Public Transportation Association suggest transit ridership has now fully recovered from a dip caused by the Great Recession. One PVTA rider told 22News it was gas prices that drove her to begin taking the bus, and she’s certainly not alone.

“Keeping a car is expensive. If you get in an accident it’s even more expensive. I do see people a lot more than when I first started. I’ve been riding the bus for about two years and it’s so packed. They pack them on like crazy,” said Ashley Hutchinson of South Hadley.

One perk public transit riders enjoy over commuters who drive: if a bus hits a pothole and is damaged, passengers aren’t left with the bill.

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