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Public Transportation Use Booming Despite Falling Gas Prices

01/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Despite plunging petrol prices, Americans are using public transportation in record numbers, with more than 2.8 billion trips taken on metros, buses and light rail in the third quarter of the year, a report showed Monday.

Ridership numbers marked a record 6.5 percent increase over the same three-month period in 2007, when around 2.67 million people rode public transportation in the United States, the report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) showed.

"This is the largest quarterly increase in public transportation ridership in 25 years," APTA said in a statement.

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