With gas prices rising and unemployment slowly declining, more Philadelphia-area commuters are riding mass transit.
For the seven months ending in January, SEPTA buses, subways, trolleys, and trains carried 182.5 million riders, compared with 175.4 million during the same period a year earlier.
Travel on Regional Rail trains showed a slight decline as the battered commuter rail fleet was hampered by weather-related delays and a shortage of operable railcars.
The 4 percent increase in SEPTA ridership was led by an increase of nearly seven million riders on the buses, subways, and trolleys of the City Division. A smaller increase of about 400,000 riders was recorded for the buses and trolleys of the Suburban Division. Regional Rail ridership was off by 78,000 riders, or 0.4 percent, for the seven-month period.