Wendell Cox posts all sorts of very cool stuff at publicpurpose.com. His latest are compilations from the National Transit Database.
We hear so often that approximately 4.5% of Americans commute via transit. But what about all other travel? Transit's share of total vehicle-miles? It was 1.51% in 2005; it was last above 10% in 1955. It was 5.19% in the mid 1960s when the federal coffers became available to the industry. Several hundred billion dollars of subsidies spent since then are invisible on 100-year transit use trend line.
And these data include New York city which accounted for 41% of national transit use.
Matt Kahn (now of UCLA) and I will be blogging about these matters at WSJ Econblog later this week.