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US public transit ridership up despite cheaper fuel, trade group reports

National increase follows 57-year high in ridership for 2013, says president of public transport association

Published Mon, Dec 22, 2014 · 09:50 PM

Philadelphia

DAVID Needham thought he would need to buy a car when he moved to Minneapolis-St Paul from San Francisco in February 2013, but was pleasantly surprised to find that his adopted city has an extended transit system that meets all of his business and social needs, allowing him and his family to remain car-free.

Mr Needham, 29, a website developer for nonprofits and small businesses, lives a five-minute walk from a new light-rail system that runs every 10 minutes and takes him into downtown Minneapolis in about 30 minutes for a fare of about US$2.

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