The increases mirror national statistics released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association

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CINCINNATI -- Bus ridership in Ohio's four largest cities all saw increases last year, with Cincinnati leading the way.

The increases mirror national statistics released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association that show people are using public transportation more than any time since the 1950s.

In Cincinnati for example, bus ridership jumped by 3.5 percent last year, to more than 16.9 million rides. That increase is more than triple the 1 percent nationwide increase in overall ridership on public transportation, which includes subways and light rails.

Cleveland also eclipsed the national increase, experiencing a 1.5 percent jump in bus rides last year to more than 39.6 million.

Toledo rose by 1 percent to 3.4 million rides, while Columbus increased by just 0.3 percent to 18.7 million rides.

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