Across the U.S., commuters are trading in their cars for trains and buses. According to a study released Wednesday by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, two-thirds of the country's 100 largest cities saw jumps in the number of miles traveled each year on public transit between 2005 and 2010 as gas prices soared and routes expanded.
DART Maybe the street car will bring 'em back.
In Dallas? Not so much.
According to the study, the Dallas-Fort Worth region experienced a 12.6 percent decline in public transit usage during that period. In 2005, the average North Texan traveled 111 miles on a train or bus. In 2010, that figure was down to 96.9.
The data doesn't reflect ridership on DART's Orange Line or Denton's A-Train or Arlington's inaugural bus route, all of which went online after 2010, so it's possible that the figure has rebounded somewhat. But it's not as if the system was shrinking before that.More »