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Mon March 10, 2014

Report: Use of Public Transit Soars but not in Wisconsin

During 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips via public transit, but bus ridership is down in some Wisconsin communities, including Milwaukee.

Bus ridership declined in several Wisconsin communities, according to a national report
Bus ridership declined in several Wisconsin communities, according to a national report

On Monday, theĀ American Public Transportation Association released the statistics it gathered for 2013 and they show the highest rate of public transit ridership in 57 years.

According to its report, the largest increase in 2013, was in the number of Americans riding the train.

Bus ridership held steady nationwide, but fell in several Wisconsin communities, such as Milwaukee and Racine.

Racine's Transit Systems Manager Al Stanek says its system reduced bus service by more than 10 percent over the past two years to save money in light of state funding cuts.

The American Public Transportation Association advocates for public transit.