The December issue looks at the work states face to deal with the health care needs of an aging population and new approaches to teacher evaluations.
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Transit systems featuring some combination of commuter or light rail, streetcars and buses are carrying riders in communities across the country. Demand and ridership rates are rising, in part because of unpredictable gas prices, and prospective homeowners and job seekers are showing a growing preference to live in denser areas with public transit. In 2011 there were 10.4 billion transit trips, the second most since 1957, topped only by the 2008, when gas prices reached record levels. And this year is looking like a record-setter for transit as well. New systems can barely keep up with demand. A new light rail in Charlotte, N.C., for example, topped 16,000 riders each weekday when it opened, nearly double the projections.
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