Please see quote below by Joseph Schwieterman.
"We were stunned at the growth in digital activity this year considering that personal devices have been ubiquitous for some time now," said Joseph Schwieterman, a DePaul professor and director of the Chaddick Institute. "Commuters are optimizing their time spent aboard commuter trains in far more sophisticated ways than just a few years ago.
"Armed with gadgets providing instant access to social media, many young people far prefer a train ride to being stuck behind the wheel," Schwieterman said. "Executives see the train as the extension of the office. Lawyers consider it a 'billable hour.' Transit providers, unfortunately, have done little to leverage this new advantage."
This is of critical importance to all public transit providers. And it is not only young people who dislike driving--I have hated it since I got my licence at age 30 and I know many other middle aged people who avoid autos whenever possible. Not to mention seniors who would rather take trains for a host of reasons. But let's focus on young people. Many do not own cars and they like it like that. They are the future of public transit. If they can easily use their devices on Metra, Amtrak, CTA, etc., AND if they can travel with their pets they will be loyal riders for life. It's simple economics, Metra, we want to give you our money.
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