Why Public Transportation

Top Reasons for Public Transit

Public Transit provides major economic, environmental and quality of life benefits that make it a fundamental service to the world. Our blog is proud to be a part of the solution that helps make this a great place to live, work, and do business.

Creating Economic Vitality

Public transit is a major contributor to the economic health and vitality of downtown areas. It connects workers to their jobs and consumers to businesses while relieving traffic and parking congestion and reducing individual commuting costs. For more information on how Public Transit contributes to the economic vitality of a region check out these resources!

Economic impact of public transit

Planetizen on transit

Transit Oriented Development

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Economic benefits of transit investment

Connecting jobs to public transit

Protecting our Environment and Health

Public transportation reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission. Mass transit improves our environment in the short term, by reducing exhaust in the air we breathe every day, and in the long term by reducing our impact on global climate change and resource depletion.

The “leverage effect” of public transportation reduces the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually – equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households. To achieve similar reduction in carbon emissions, every household in New York City, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles combines would have to completely stop using electricity.

Environmental and Health Reports
Environmental benefits of Transportation Investment
Fast track to energy independence

Improving the quality of life
Imagine a city without public transit. Parking in most cities is at 95% capacity on a daily basis, rush hour brings major arteries to a stop, and thousands of workers rely on public transportation to get to work every day. Without the effort of public transportation, the city would grind to a halt. All experts agree that mass transit dramatically improves the quality of life.

Why ride public transit?
Evaluating transit benefits and costs
Six benefits to public transit that aren’t environmental

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