Public transportation systems in the U.S. reached their highest ridership levels since 1956 last year with 10.7 billion people taking transit trips, according to statistics released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
“There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our
communities,”APTA President Michael Melaniphy said in a statement. “People in record numbers
are demanding more public transit services and communities are
benefiting with strong economic growth.”
Given this record-setting demand, it's not surprising on Tuesday the APTA recommended that Congress increase its funding of transit systems in the U.S. by $11.5 billion per year.
“Increasing investment in public transportation and roads is essential
for growing our economy in the U.S. and remaining competitive in a
global economy,” Melaniphy said.
Kansas has seen transit ridership grow substantially over the past decade. As a result, when the state's transportation plan, T-WORKS, was passed in 2010 it increased funding from $6 million to $11 million annually.
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