Benefits of Public Transportation
While transit clearly benefits those who use it, even larger benefits accrue to all citizens in the form of economic development, reduced congestion, cleaner air, and enhanced quality of life.
Stimulates Economic Development
- Every $10 million in capital investment in public transportation yields $30 million in increased sales.
- Every $10 million in operating investment in public transportation yields $32 Million in increased sales.
- For every $10 million invested in capital projects for public transportation, more than 300 jobs are realized.
According to the American Automobile Association, the estimated cost of driving a single-occupant vehicle is between $4,826 (for a small car) and $9,685 (for a large car), depending upon mileage. By contrast, the annual average cost for public transportation for one adult ranges from $200 to $2,000, depending upon mileage, time of day, type of service.
Easy Traffic Congestion
Public transportation helps to alleviate our region's crowded network of roads by providing transportation choices.
Improves Air Quality
Each year, public transportation use avoids the emission of more than 126 million pounds of hydrocarbons, a primary cause of smog, and 156 million pounds of nitrogen oxides, which can cause respiratory disease.
Enhanced Quality of Life
Public transportation facilities and corridors are natural focal points for economic and social activities. These activities help create strong neighborhood centers that are more economically stable.
Public transportation provides opportunity, access and choice, all of which contribute to an improved quality of life.