Roads are getting busier and busier so taking at least a day per week without the car can reduce congestion and emissions. Bargains can be made on public transport by booking in advance while the journey can be more relaxing, comfortable and scenic for long journeys. If you are using a car, consider donating to a carbon offset scheme.
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
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.
Public Transportation Saves Fuel, Reduces Congestion
Public transportation has a proven record of reducing congestion.
The latest research shows that in 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas.
Without public transportation, congestion costs in 2011 would have risen by nearly $21 billion from $121 billion to $142 billion in 498 urban areas.
Public Transportation Provides Economic Opportunities & Drives Community Growth and Revitalization
Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns.
Every $1 billion invested in public transportaiton supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs.
Every $10 million in capital investment in public transportation yields $30 million in increased business sales.
Home values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service.
Public Transportation Saves Money
Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices.
According to APTA’s Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $10,174 a year by downsizing to one car.
Public transportation provides an affordable, and for many, necessary, alternative to driving.
Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption
Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit.
Public Transportation Reduces Carbon Footprint