Ridership on buses, trains and subways in 2013 was the highest in 57 years, the American Public Transportation Association said Monday.
The growth in transit ridership continued a 20-year trend attributed to higher gasoline prices, a shift by young adults away from automobiles, increased use of mobile technology, and the increasing allure of urban areas.
“There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities,” said APTA president Michael Melaniphy.
In 2013, riders made 10.7 billion trips on U.S. public transit systems, up 1.1 percent from 2012. That was the most since 1956.