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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Public Transportation - Cost/Benefit

  • In 2012, Americans took 10.5 billion trips on public transportation, the 2nd highest annual ridership number since 1957.
    American Public Transit Association, 2014.
  • From 1995 through 2012, public transportation ridership increased by 34% -- a growth rate higher than the 17% increase in US population and higher than the 22% growth in the use of the nation's highways over the same period.
    American Public Transit Association, 2014.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Florida a "C" rating for its public transit systems in 2012, citing decreased ridership due to reduced funding and fewer routes.
    Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida's Future. Leroy Collins Institute, February 2014.
  • Every $1 spent on transportation in Florida creates $5.60 in use and economic benefits.
    Florida Department of Transportation, August 2006.
  • For every $1 billion invested in public transportation, 47,500 jobs are created.
    American Public Transportation Association, 2007.
  • Every $10 million invested in public transportation saves more than $15 million in transportation costs, for both highway and transit users.
    American Public Transit Association, 2007.
  • Public transportation use...can reduce household expenses by $6,200 - more than the average household pays for food in a year.
    American Public Transit Association, January 2007.
  • In 2003, public transportation in America's most congested cities saved travelers 1.1 billion hours in travel time.
    American Public Transit Association.

Public Transportation - Environmental Impacts

  • Public transportation's overall effects saved the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
    American Public Transit Association, 2014.
  • Each year, public transportation use saves the equivalent of 34 supertankers of oil, or a supertanker leaving the Middle East every 11 days.
    American Public Transit Association, 2007.
  • Each year, public transportation use saves the equivalent of 140,769 service station tanker truck trips clogging our streets each year.
    American Public Transit Association, 2007.
  • Public transportation use saves the equivalent of 300,000 fewer automobile fill-ups every day.
    American Public Transit Association, 2007.
  • The typical public transit rider consumes on average one half of the oil consumed by an automobile rider.
    American Public Transit Association, 2007.