Gains in Public Transportation Ridership -- But HSR Still Decades Away


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that for the first time in 50 years, more than 10 billion trips were made on buses and trains across the country; with light rail showing the most gains. Amtrak has also shown some gain in ridership. In 2008, $1.5 billion will be earmarked to keep Amtrak operating; in addition, Congress is looking into potential benefits of high speed rail (HSR). As of today, 14 HSR corridors have been proposed. However, Congressman Oberstar, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee pointed out that the U.S. is behind Europe and Asia on implementing HSR. Officials state that high-speed rail could still be decades away.

Atlanta Journal article. (photo: Alain Stoll at