The Washington Post had a couple interesting stories this week that will interest Green Postcard readers. The first, "Travelers Turn to Public Transit," covers an American Public Transportation Report announcement that during the first part of 2008, 10.3% more people hopped on local light rail systems, 5.7% more took commuter rail options, and 4.4% more caught heavy rail transportion like subways. Some cities had larger spikes, like Seattle's 27.9% jump in light rail users. Experts are attributing the rise to high gas prices.
I know that high fuel costs place a burden on low-income Americans, but I can't help hoping that the increases will raise demand for better public transportation systems in our major (and not so major) cities. I'd love to be able to skip the car rental on my many trips to Kansas City. The mayor's regional transit plan, which would connect the airport with the downtown area, is slowly (very slowly!) gaining ground. Are you able to travel around your favorite cities without using a car?