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Mass Transit Ridership Up in US

ltdEUGENE, Ore. — Mass transit was more popular in 2013 than is has been in 57 years, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

In a report released Monday, APTA said 10.7 billion trips were taken using mass transportation last year.

Locally, LTD says its overall ridership numbers have stayed pretty flat the last few years, but they say EmX ridership has risen about 2 to 3 percent each year since its establishment. It says cutbacks during the recession made numbers stagnant, but things are starting to look up.

“We are excited for the first time this year to be looking at adding some services back,” said Andy Vobora, LTD’s Director of Marketing. “Customers should be seeing some new service starting this summer and in the fall. So, that should help that ridership number getting back up in the positive direction.”

LTD says some of the new services will include running buses on four additional holidays and extending evening hours on a few routes.