A Decade of Growth for Transit-Accessible Neighborhoods in America

The first decade of the millennium saw significant growth for transit in America.
From 2000 to 2010, the number of regions with fixed-guideway transit — rail systems or bus systems with dedicated lanes — grew from 27 to 40. And ridership followed. In the period beginning in 1995 and ending in 2008, total American transit ridership grew 36 percent — or three times the rate of population growth.
A new report from the Federal Transit Administration and the Center for Transit-Oriented Development takes a closer look at population changes and travel behavior in transit-accessible America. Some interesting patterns emerge.