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More Americans Plan to Use Public Transit During Summer Travel

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | July 08, 2015

More Americans Plan to Use Public Transit During Summer Travel

There are several benefits of using public transportation, especially for travelers visiting a bustling U.S. city this summer.

According to the American Public Transportation Association's annual "Travel Like a Local" Summer Travel Survey, more than half (57 percent) of the more than 156 million Americans expected to visit a U.S. city this summer plan to utilize public transportation at one time or another.

Those 89 million Americans represent a 24 percent increase over 2014.

The survey found that millennials and adults under the age of 45 tend to be more inclined than other generations to use public transportation during summer vacation. After all, more than two-thirds of adults ages 18 to 45 indicated that they planned to use public transit during their trip to a U.S. city this summer, citing its cost-effectiveness and stress reduction. 

The top reason for using public transportation on vacation, the survey found, is to avoid having to find a parking space, with 71 percent of respondents in agreement. Affordability (67 percent), minimizing stress (55 percent) and saving money on gas (51 percent) are other popular reasons, according to the survey. 

When it comes to what travelers plan to use public transportation for, 48 million vacationers said they'll utilize it to experience a restaurant or nightlife. Meanwhile, 53 million plan to use it for sightseeing. 

Nearly half of all respondents plan to use public transit for travel to and from their where they are staying and the airport. 

"As the number of city visitors and tourists continue to increase, public transit systems not only serve as a reliable and affordable way to get around but provide a great way for visitors to experience the local flavor of a community and all that it has to offer," said APTA president and CEO Michael Melaniphy in a statement. "In addition, our industry's use of smart phone apps and other tools help visitors easily navigate a city that is new to them." 

As far as the most popular U.S. cities for summer vacation are concerned, the survey revealed New York to be No. 1, followed by Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Las Vegas. 

Dallas, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. rounded out the top 10. 

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