March 10, 2014
THERE ARE GENUINE JOBS TO BE CREATED IN BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE:
Americans hopping aboard public transit in record numbers; ridership recovers from recession (JUSTIN PRITCHARD, 3/10/14,Associated Press)
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2014 7:59 AMNearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise -- the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association.Transit ridership has now fully recovered from a dip caused by the Great Recession. With services restored following economy-driven cutbacks, ridership numbers appear set to continue what had been a steady increase."People are making a fundamental shift to having options" aside from a car in how they get around, said Michael Melaniphy, president and CEO of the public transportation association. "This is a long-term trend. This isn't just a blip."Expanding bus and train networks help spur the growth.