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After a record year in 2013, public transit ridership topped 2.7 billion passenger trips throughout the country. The American Public Transportation Association reported that this represents a 1.8 percent increase and is the highest ridership number in 57 years. In past years, higher gas prices persuaded people to switch to transit, though many returned to their cars as gas prices decreased. Recent evidence shows that the recent increase in transit ridership comes despite the lowest gas prices in more than four years. Possible reasons include a strengthening economic recovery, improvements in transit frequency and usability, and a desire for an increasingly urban lifestyle.
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