Mass Transit Ridership Up in US

ltdEUGENE, Ore. — Mass transit was more popular in 2013 than is has been in 57 years, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

In a report released Monday, APTA said 10.7 billion trips were taken using mass transportation last year.

Locally, LTD says their overall ridership numbers have stayed pretty flat the last few years, but they say EmX ridership has risen about two to three percent each year since its establishment.

They say cutbacks during the recession made numbers stagnant, but things are starting to look up.

“We are excited for the first time this year to be looking at adding some services back,” said Andy Vobora, LTD’s Director of Marketing. “Customers should be seeing some new service starting this summer and in the fall. So, that should help that ridership number getting back up in the positive direction,” said Vobora.

LTD says some of the new services will include running buses on four additional holidays, and extending evening hours on a few routes.

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  1. bob Macherione says:

    Actually the true facts are that mass transit in Oregon has lost ridership 3-5% annual drop for Portland, Eugene, Salem. LTD in particular is down 2.9% .
    they converted Country Fair and football special service to regular routes so they could offset the real loss in their reporting. Most of the mass transit gain is due to additional ridership in NY city. NY accounts for a major amount of mass transit trips. Factored without NY trips, true mass transit data shows net loss despite massive investment in infrastructure with stimulus funds. It is just like LTD and transit centric people to make claims that are contrary to their own results. Too bad college kids don’t do their own research and require facts to back up claims that mass transit proponents promote.

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