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US, LA see growth in public transportation use

A Metro train is seen in this undated file photo.

March 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
More commuters in the United States are opting for public transportation, and Los Angeles is no exception, according to a report Monday from the American Public Transportation Association.

The report shows a record increase nationally in public transportation use in 2013. Americans took more than 10 billion trips by bus, train, or subway, which is the highest total since 1956.

Los Angeles was second to New York City in ridership gain in 2013, according to the report. New York City accounted for one in three trips nationally, while Los Angeles made up more than 9 million.

The New York City-New Jersey transit was next, followed by Seattle and Miami.

Experts say the nation's urban shift, along with economic recovery in certain areas, helped the increase.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.