Public transportation is important today—and it will be even more critical as our nation grows to more than 400 million people in the coming decades. We need affordable, accessible public transit to connect people to their jobs, services, and their larger communities. America’s future is riding on public transit.
Keeping America Moving Tomorrow
America’s Public Transportation System is Building for the Future
Our future is riding on public transit. Today, public transportation provides benefits to thousands of communities and serves millions of people every day. In the future, it will be even more vital.
Over the next four decades, our nation’s population is expected to increase by nearly one-third, to more than 400 million people. How will people commute to work and travel across the country as our nation’s roads and highways age and grow more congested?
Public Transportation is the Solution
Our large, diverse nation benefits from a wide array of interconnected public transportation systems. And to meet the needs of our growing population, we need to extend the benefits of public transportation even further in the coming years.
How Much Can We Save?
Today, the estimated annual cost of traffic congestion on our nation’s highways and runways is $130 billion. Improvements in public transit will help fight the costs of clogged streets and highways.
Local Transit for Stronger Communities
Suburban areas and small towns with transit zones are thriving across the country. Renewed investment in public transportation will transform many more communities, creating vibrant commercial districts, walkable streets, and accessible jobs. Public transportation spurs private investment and economic development. Transit investments can be a catalyst for affordable housing, entertainment districts, and commercial activity.
A New Era of Greener, Faster Transportation
In recent years, our nation has embarked on a bold program to bring high-speed rail to millions of Americans in the coming decades. High-speed rail produces significantly lower emissions than comparable car or air travel.
In addition, buses will increasingly use renewable and cleaner energy sources than gasoline. Already more than 36 percent of public transit buses use alternative fuels.
Growth Technologies for Buses
- All-electric and hybrid diesel-electric power
- Regenerative braking and energy storage
- Natural gas engines
- Hydrogen fuel cells