Top 10 Reasons Why We LOVE Public Transportation


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1. Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.

Source: Dump the Pump Transit Facts, American Public Transportation Association

2. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns.

Source: Facts, American Public Transportation Association

3. In 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation—the highest in 57 years.

Source: The Benefits of Public Transportation and S.M.T.D. in Your Community, Stateline Mass Transit District

4. Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life.

Source: Public Transportation Benefits, American Public Transportation Association

5. Access to bus and rail lines reduces driving by 4,400 miles per household annually.

Source: Facts at a Glance, Where Public Transportation Goes Community Grows

6. In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation. That’s the highest ridership in 58 years!

Source: Record 10.8 Billion Trips Taken on U.S. Public Transportation in 2014, American Public Transportation Association

7. In 2012, public transportation in the United States provided 4.8 billion miles of service!

Source: 2012 Public Transportation Fact Book, American Public Transportation Association

8. Public transportation is a $57 billion industry that employs more than 400,000 people.

Source: 2012 Public Transportation Fact Book, American Public Transportation Association

9. Public transportation use in the United States reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. This is equivalent to Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Denver, and Los Angeles combined stopping using electricity.

Source: Public Transportation Benefits, American Public Transportation Association

10. From 1995 through 2008, public transportation ridership increased by 38%, a growth rate higher than the 14% increase in U.S. population and higher than the 21% growth in the use of the nation’s highways over the same period.

Source: Facts on Public Transportation, The Wave Transit System
Valerie Lefler
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