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Public transit grows on New Yorkers

Big Apple leads nation with 55% of residents commuting by bus, subway

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Of the approximately 6.4 million people nationwide who usually travel to work using public transportation, nearly one-third live in New York City, according to a new analysis of American Community Survey data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. New York is the only city where the majority of workers – 55 percent, or 1.9 million people – commute from home to work via public transportation. That is by far the highest percentage among the nation's largest cities. Among other large cities (250,000 population or more), the highest public transportation rates are in Washington, D.C. (37 percent); Boston and San Francisco (31 percent each); Chicago and Philadelphia (27 percent each); Newark, N.J. (26 percent); and Baltimore (25 percent). Only 1-in-8 workers (12 percent) in Los Angeles, the nation's second largest city, use public transportation, and in Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, only 6 percent of workers use public transportation. Overall, only 5 percen...