- “Mass transit use increased by more than 2 percent in 2007 to the highest level in 50 years, with Americans taking more than 10 billion trips on public transport while the number of vehicle miles traveled was flat in the first 10 months of the year.”
- “Cities with less than 100,000 people also saw a large increase — 6.4 percent — in public transportation use.”
By contrast, KCATA ridership was a little over 15 million in 2007, compared to 46 million* in 1957 (the last year of the streetcar — coincidence? — after which ridership declined almost every year, hitting a low of 13 million in 2001).
* From Monroe Dodd’s A Splendid Ride: The Streetcars of Kansas City, 1870-1957.4 comments