A blog for better streets and public spaces in Portland, Maine.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

2008 a record-breaking year for public transportation in the US

Via yesterday's New York Times:

More people rode the nation’s public buses, subways and commuter trains last year than in any year since 1956, when the federal government created the Interstate highway system, according to a report by a transit association...

Use of public transportation in the United States has risen 38 percent since 1995.
At the same time, according to the Federal Highway Administration, cumulative highway travel in 2008 declined 3.6% from 2007 levels: Americans drove 107.9 billion fewer miles in their motor vehicles.

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