Hey golly gosh, mass transit in America is going great guns!
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced today that Americans took 10.3 billion trips on public transportation in 2007, the highest level in 50 years, representing a 2.1% increase over the previous year.
Light rail is rockin'! Commuters are commuting! Subways are subbin' away!
Just not here. For the MBTA, we're down 2.89%. (pdf — definitions here.) Interestingly, the commuter rail is showing decent increases — it's the subway (“heavy rail”) that's getting absolutely hosed: -7.79%. Wonder why?
While we're all having lots of fun with casinos, I'm not seeing any particular political urgency about, you know, people actually being able to get to work. Maybe it's not all that important after all … I feel lucky today!