Gas prices are one thing that effect nearly every American, and they’ve recently hit an all-time high. Because of this, many people have turned from driving alone to using public transportation. According to the American Public Transportation Association, there has been a 10.3 percent increase in public transit usage for the first quarter of 2008. Whether they are going to work or going on vacation, people are saving themselves from paying at the pump by taking a bus or a train. Major cities like New York, New Jersey, and Boston have seen great increase in people on the trains or other public transit systems.
In places like Detroit or Sante Fe, where public transportation systems are not as accessable, buses have been more crowded than ever before. With gasoline prices and the current state of the economy, Americans are changing their normal routines for the better.
The APTA tells us what percentage of people visiting cities this year will use public transit. The following cities lead the nation in public transportation use.