Public transportation helps move the economy for the benefit of all Americans. In communities around the nation, transit systems ease traffic congestion, connect people with jobs and opportunities, and save consumers billions of dollars every year in commuting costs.
Keeping Our Economy Moving
Public Transportation Helps Create a Brighter Economic Future
Investment in public transportation:
- Creates jobs
- Provides access to jobs
- Revitalizes business districts and neighborhoods
- Enables employers to tap a larger workforce
- Boosts commerce
- Saves money on infrastructure costs for taxpayers
Public transportation helps the American economy—in many, many ways. It enables millions of Americans to reach work affordably. It brings consumers to shopping districts. And it eases traffic congestion, which speeds commerce. But public transportation does much more for local economies all around the nation.
Public transportation puts people to work. It directly employs nearly 400,000 people. Indirectly, it creates hundreds of thousands of private-sector jobs.
Public Transit Attracts Investment
In regions across the country, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in business districts, residential communities, office buildings, and sports facilities along transit lines.
During the last recession, the value of residential properties near public transportation with high-frequency service performed 42 percent better than properties lacking such service
Saving on Infrastructure Costs
Investment in public transportation shifts people away from their cars—and this translates into substantial infrastructure savings for communities around the nation.
Because of public transportation, municipalities spend less on paving, road building, and utility extensions. This frees up valuable government resources for education, safety, and social services.