Report: commuter rail ridership in Utah increasing

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new report shows ridership of Utah's commuter rail lines doubled in 2013, marking the largest increase in the country.

The American Public Transportation Association released the new report Monday. It's based on data reported by transit systems across the country.

Spurred by the opening of a new 45-mile rail line from Salt Lake City to Provo in late 2012, Utah's ridership on commuter rail lines increased by 103 percent to 3.8 million trips. Nationally, travel on commuter rails increased by 2 percent.

Utah residents also rode the TRAX light rail more often in 2013 with ridership increasing by 6 percent to 18.7 million trips.

The report shows Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming.

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