U.S. Public Transportation Sees Dip In Ridership

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:38pm
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:48pm

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A bus stop sign in Phoenix.

Fewer people are riding buses and light rail systems in Phoenix, a trend seen nationwide.

That’s according to data from the Federal Transit Administration. From 2010 to 2018, metro Phoenix saw a 12% drop, and only three major cities saw increases: Seattle, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

To talk about the decline in transit use and what some cities are doing about it, The Show reached out to Yonah Freemark, a doctoral candidate in urban studies at MIT. Mr. Freemark analyzes and writes about transit data on his website thetransportpolitic.com.

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