Washington, D.C. – Americans took more than 2.5 billion passenger trips on public transportation in the second quarter of 2019, according to the quarterly “Transit Ridership Report” released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), representing 11 million trips more than during the same period last year.

These second quarter results show an increase of nearly one-half percent across all modes compared to the second quarter of 2018. This includes a rise of 1.44% for heavy rail, 3.54% for commuter rail systems, 0.5% in bus systems in population areas exceeding 2 million people, and 1.51% in systems in communities of less than 100,000 residents.

“Mobility is a focus of communities nationwide and public transit is a safe, reliable and convenient option for tens of millions of residents. Every day, public transportation gets Americans to work, to education, and to healthcare,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “While trends fluctuate with driving patterns and gas prices, public transit systems continue to enhance the customer experience while also striving to innovate to meet the needs of our riders.”

Notable increases in ridership include:

Heavy Rail –
Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (DC) +3.27%
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY) +2.57%

Light Rail & Streetcars –
King County Department of Transportation (WA) +10.5%
Sacramento Regional Transit District (CA) +10.2%
Minneapolis Metro Transit (MN) +8.6%

Commuter Rail–
Sunrail (FL) 84.5%
Denver Regional Transportation District (CO) 29.2%
New York MTA Long Island Railroad (NY) 10.6%

Bus –
Blacksburg Transit (VA) 27.9%
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (TX)) 8.2%
Alameda-Contra Costa Transportation District (CA) 5.8%

The full Transit Ridership Report is available here.

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $71 billion industry that directly employs 430,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.
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