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More Vacationers Will 'Travel Like a Local' This Year

More than half of Americans who plan to vacation in a U.S. city this summer—almost 89 million people—say they will use public transportation for at least one activity, according to APTA’s annual “Travel Like a Local” Summer Travel Survey.

The total number of Americans planning to visit a major U.S. city this summer is 156 million, 24 percent more than last year. This increase continues an upward trend evident in recent years. Survey results show that these travelers find using public transit the most cost-effective and worry-free form of transportation.

“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 & CEO Michael ­Melaniphy. “In addition, our industry’s use of smart phone apps and other tools help visitors easily navigate a city that is new to them.”

New York City is the most popular urban travel destinations for 2015, followed by Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Las Vegas. APTA is offering insider guides for some of the top city destinations, available at www.­publictransportation.org, APTA’s website that provides an open forum for public transit users and advocates. These tips provide insight into a local public transit system’s unique characteristics, unspoken protocols and ­general advice to help vacationers “travel like a local” and avoid public transit faux pas.

The survey shows that 71 percent of respondents choose public transportation to eliminate the need for a parking space, while 67 percent say that public transit is more affordable than taxis or rental cars. Other reasons included cutting down on the cost of gas (51 percent) and minimizing the stress of driving in an unfamiliar city (55 percent).

The survey was conducted by Techno-Metrica Market Intelligence based on 1,005 telephone interviews.

Learn more at www.apta.com or www.­publictransportation.org.
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