The transit spinmeisters are at it again, an example being this story in the Washington Post.
The story line is that transit’s modern record ridership continues, even with the decline in gasoline prices. In fact, gasoline prices during the reporting period (3rd quarter) were the highest on record. At the end of September, they were 3.70, virtually double what they were on December 1.
Even with the highest gas prices in history, transit was able to garner only 3 percent of the decline in driving, which again eloquently speaks to the reality that transit is not a substitute for autos, except in niche corridors to the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.
New data [here.]