Earlier this month, the American Public Transportation Association released total ridership figures for 2013, trumpeting that more people took transit last year than in any year since 1956. Public transit, they claim, is surging. There's just one teeny little problem with their claim:
The country's population grew by more than 150 million during that time. In fact, there has been no resurgence in ridership; if anything, it's essentially flat, despite the efforts of "planners" in Portland and other burgs around the country busily running rails down the roadways. In the Portland area, dominated by rail-happy politicians, ridership's actually declined. Granted, APTA's a cheerleading squad, waving their pom-poms at every bus and streetcar they happen to spot, but there's a difference between cheering for their team and disseminating propaganda.
It seems that the New York Times doesn't know the difference.