This news article states that rising gas prices and a rough economy are just 2 reasons that ridership is increasing in the United States.
I know in our case, when our car died, a few years ago, we were still unemployed so no car. "We're going to be taking the bus"!
My husband suffered 2 layoffs in a year. It would take him a long time to secure the public transit position he has now. So, again with possible unemployment we decided to wait! (my neighbor just told he was laid off today)
There's also the freedom factor one gets when they don't have a car. Many people are choosing to live a simpler lifestyle, such as Rowdy Kitten.
What I've learned since living car-free? Well, I'm not making needless trips to Starbucks to spend that $10. Walking is definitely underrated! Great for stress and exercise.
There's true characters that ride the bus. My son likes to come up with names for …