SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle area saw big gains in public transit ridership last year, as more people boarded buses, trains and subways nationally than at any time since the 1950s.
Record ridership on Sound Transit drove the increase, with about 30.3 million boardings last year, an increase of more than 8 percent from 2012. The agency operates regional buses, the Central Link light rail and the Sounder commuter rail.
Spokesman Bruce Gray says he attributes it to the improving economy: People get jobs and they need to get to work.
Statistics from the American Public Transportation Association show that King County’s bus system saw ridership jump more than 3 percent, as did Kitsap Transit in Bremerton. It was up one-half of 1 percent in Spokane.
However, the figures also show that bus ridership was down slightly in Olympia, Tacoma, Richland and Vancouver, and down more than 12 percent in Everett.
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