Light rail transit continued its strong performance trend, up 3.1% in the third quarter of 2013 measured against the comparable quarter in 2012. Rapid rail (such as subways) rose 2%. Regional rail ridership rose 1%. Urban bus system ridership advanced 0.7%.
Said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy, "Public transportation ridership continued to grow across the country in large, medium, and small communities during the third quarter of 2013. This continued demand for public transportation demonstrates the value of public transit to individuals and the communities they live in, no matter their size."
Melaniphy said public transit ridership has increased in nine of the most recent 11 quarters spanning 2011, 2012, and most of 2013.
APTA has expressed concern over the failure by Congress to renew a $245 per month pre-tax set-aside for public transit users in 2014; the amount has fallen to $130, while comparative pre-tax offerings to auto users rose by $5 to $250 as 2014 began.