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.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) provides transportation to more than 220,000 riders every day. The system serves Dallas and 12 surrounding cities with buses, light rail, commuter rail, and high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. DART operates more light rail—85 miles—than any other transit system in the U.S.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority—better known as MARTA—provides rail and bus service to more than 420,000 people daily. The Peachtree Center Station, located 120 feet below downtown Atlanta, is notable for its natural rock walls. Many suburban MARTA stations have passenger drop-off areas designated with “Kiss Ride” signs.
TriMet serves the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region through commuter rail, light rail, streetcars, and buses. Every day, the system logs more than 315,000 trips, with another 340,000-plus trips on weekends. Almost 90% of people in the TriMet district live within a half mile of transit service.
The Chicago Transit Authority—or CTA—includes bus lines and rapid transit rail. On an average weekday, 1.7 million rides are taken on CTA buses and trains. The CTA is part of the larger Regional Transportation Authority—or RTA—which also includes Metra commuter rail and the suburban bus service Pace.
The greater Phoenix area is served by Valley Metro, a membership organization of city and suburban transit services. In addition to bus service, Valley Metro includes a 20-mile light rail line that connects Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa. Valley Metro also provides Dial-a-Ride service for seniors and people with disabilities
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