PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BENEFITS
Public transportation in the United States is a crucial part of the solution to the nation’s economic, energy, and environmental challenges - helping to bring a better quality of life. In increasing numbers, people are using public transportation and local communities are expanding public transit services. Every segment of American society - individuals, families, communities, and businesses - benefits from public transportation.
Public Transportation Consists of a Variety of Modes
Trolleys and light rail
Van pool services
Paratransit services for Senior citizens and people with disabilities Ferries and water taxis
Monorails and tramways
In 2012, Americans took 10.5 billion trips on public transportation, the 2nd highest annual ridership number since 1957. 35 million times each weekday, people board public transportation. From 1995 through 2012, public transportation ridership increased by 34%—a growth rate higher than the 17% increase in U.S. population and higher than the 22% growth in the use of the nation’s highways over the same period. Public transportation is a $57 billion industry that employs nearly 400,000 people. More than 7,300 organizations provide public transportation in the United States. 74% of public funding for public transit is spent creating and supporting hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs. Public Transportation Enhances Personal Opportunities
Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life. Access to public transportation gives people transportation options to get to work, go to school, visit friends, or go to a doctor’s office. Public transportation provides access to job opportunities for millions of Americans.
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