More Utahns use light rail every day, and it is the fastest growing method of transportation in the U.S., according to a first-quarter report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Public transportation ridership surged as Americans took nearly 2.7 billion trips, an increase of 5 percent compared with the first quarter of last year, according to the APTA report. This was the fifth consecutive quarter of U.S. public transit ridership increase, as 125.7 million more trips were taken than the first quarter of 2011. Light rail use increased by 6.7 percent, the highest growth of any method of transportation.
The Utah Transit Authority saw ridership increase 7.44 percent with light rail leading the way with a 34.09 percent growth.