Public Transportation Rose Along with Gas Prices in 2008

Mar 16, 2009
2008 brought astronomical gas prices along with a higher percentage of the American public seeking alternate modes of transportation. The American Public Transportation Association recently reported that 10.7 billion trips were made on public transit in 2008, which represents a four percent increase over 2007.

Researchers are, however, hesitant to say if the increase in public transit riders is directly related to the recession and skyrocketing gasoline prices, or if it just marks a shift in the travel habits of Americans.

What do you think: was public transit on the rise due to shifting perceptions or because of the exorbitant cost of fuel in 2008? How were your travel habits affected in 2008?

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