APTA report: 90 percent of public transit trips affect local economies

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WASHINGTON — A demographic study put together by the American Public Transportation Association reports that nearly 90 percent of public transit trips affect local economies through work commutes and consumer spending habits.

Findings of the report show that 63 percent of the public transit riders use transit systems at least five days a week and 13 percent use it six or seven days a week. The report also shows that most public transit riders are people in the most economically active years of their lives, from 20 to 64 years of age.

Report writers say that the share of riders using public transit for shopping more than doubled from 2007 to 2017. 

In addition, more than 70 percent of public transit riders are employed while 7 percent are students.

The study, spearheaded by the CJI Research Corp., also reports that public transit ridership has increased by 37 percent since 1995 — a growth rate higher than the 20-percent increase in the U.S. population and higher than the 23-percent growth in the use of the country’s highway systems.

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