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Trending Now - America's Transit Trend

If your morning commute means you're part of a crowd, there may be a good reason. A new report says more people are taking public transportation now than at any time in nearly 60 years so who is ditching the drive for a public transportation ride.

A lot of people are, according to a report out this week from the American Public Transportation Association, it says there were 10.7 billion trips on public transportation last year -- the highest number recorded since Dwight D. Eisenhower was President.

The study looked at seventeen different cities across the country -- from L.A. to New York and the report says trips are up across the board -- for subways, elevated trains, commuter rail, and bus ridership.

And it's not the first time that's happened. This is the eighth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken. So how does that compare to other travel?

The report says, look at what's happened since 1995:

Public transit ridership is up 37.2 percent, growing faster than the increase in vehicle miles traveled on a road -- at 22.7 percent.

And more than the population growth, which is up about 20-percent.

In a statement, APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy said, "There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities. People in record numbers are demanding more public transit services."

The American Public Transportation Association says nearly six out of ten trips made on public transit are made as people travel to and from work. The association is using these numbers as it calls on Congress to pass a public transportation bill that invests in public transportation.

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