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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

America Loves Public Transportation

Posted by Paul Constant on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Or at least, America is getting awfully sick of cars:

In 2013 Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 57 years, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This was the eighth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide. While vehicle miles traveled on roads (VMT) went up 0.3 percent, public transportation use in 2013 increased by 1.1 percent.

Whoever runs for president in 2016 on the Democratic side had better have a plan for improving public transit. This is a winning issue, and Democrats have mostly ignored it on the national level. It should have a prominent place in the platform next time around—not just because Americans want and need public transportation, but because it's smart politics. Forcing Republicans into an anti-transit position would be a major blow to Republican outreach in American cities, and Republicans need to win more in cities if they want to win the presidency.

(Via Gizmodo.)

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