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Americans Riding Public Transit In Record Numbers

Above: Commuters board the San Diego Trolley near Old Town on June 20, 2013.

LOS ANGELES — Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming.

Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise — the highest total since 1956.

The new numbers come from the American Public Transportation Association.

Transit ridership has now fully recovered from a dip caused by the Great Recession. With services restored following economy-driven cutbacks, the numbers appear set to continue what had been a steady increase.

Expanding bus and train networks help spur the growth, as does the nation's urban shift.

The sprawling city of Houston had a large ridership gain. So did Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Denver and San Diego. San Diego ridership increased 10.4 percent in 2013.

The New York area's behemoth transit network saw the greatest gain, accounting for one in three trips nationally.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | March 10, 2014 at 12:45 p.m. ― 5 months, 3 weeks ago

But SANDAG and San Diego County see the future of our city as more freeways and cars.

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Noise Trolley | March 16, 2014 at 5:33 p.m. ― 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Record numbers for the excessive trips and low riders during night hours in our residential area! More info can be easily found by searching google: Noise Trolley or by going to this link: http://sites.google.com/site/noisetrolley/

La Mesa residential area.
Authorities did not protect our La Mesa community: The Public Utilities Commission tested decibels of trolley rail and horns and they are over the limit guidelines, and night noise regulations. MTS did not mitigate to fix levels to be acceptable to regulations. The City of La Mesa put misleading inaccurate decibels for the area in their general plan when they were aware of the testing results of the Public Utilities Commission.

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