Public transit helps communities thrive. Light rail, buses, and high-speed trains connect people more efficiently to shopping, jobs, and services, which translates into greater productivity. People enjoy less traffic congestion, cleaner air, and space for growing neighborhoods and businesses.
Keeping Our Communities Strong
Public Transit Improves the Quality of Life Across America
Public transit benefits cities and suburbs, small towns and rural America. On-demand buses drive country roads, picking up passengers and bringing them home again. Light rail and commuter trains connect city centers with suburbs and outlying towns. Public transit brings America together.
Benefits for Non-Riders
Even if you don’t use public transportation, you benefit from it every day. Public transit results in less air pollution, and it alleviates congested streets and highways. Even if you don’t ride, you’re often helped by people—at your grocery store, your health clinic, your bank, your school—who get to work on public transit.
Public transit also helps make communities more attractive by minimizing sprawl, creating recreational and entertainment districts, and enabling more housing options.
Public transit also supports healthy lifestyles. People who use public transportation walk more, which improves fitness and reduces the risk of developing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The cleaner air in communities with public transit contributes to lower incidence of asthma, lung cancer, and other diseases. Public transit also reduces isolation, especially for older Americans and people with disabilities.
High-quality public transit, combined with wider sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, makes streets safer as well. And riding public transit means you’re less likely to be injured or killed in a car accident.