Public Transit agencies participating nationwide can be found here.
Public Transportation Benefits
Public transportation in the United States is a crucial part of the solution to the nation’s economic, energy, and environmental challenges - helping to bring a better quality of life. In increasing numbers, people are using public transportation and local communities are expanding public transit services. Every segment of American society - individuals, families, communities, and businesses - benefits from public transportation.
Public Transportation Consists of a Variety of Modes
Trolleys and light rail
Van pool services
Paratransit services for Senior citizens and people with disabilities
Ferries and water taxis
Monorails and tramways
In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation - - the highest in 58 years.
Since 1995, public transit ridership is up 39 percent, outpacing population growth, which is up 21 percent, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which is up 25 percent.
People board public transportation 36 million times each weekday.
Public transportation is a $61 billion industry that employs more than 400,000 people.
More than 7,200 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.
Public Transportation Enhances Personal Opportunities
Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life.
Access to public transportation gives people transportation options to get to work, go to school, visit friends, or go to a doctor’s office.
Public transportation provides access to job opportunities for millions of Americans.
Public Transportation Saves Fuel, Reduces Congestion
Public transportation has a proven record of reducing congestion.
The latest research shows that in 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas.
Without public transportation, congestion costs in 2011 would have risen by nearly $21 billion from $121 billion to $142 billion in 498 urban areas.
Public Transportation Provides Economic Opportunities & Drives Community Growth and Revitalization
Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns.
Every $1 billion invested in public transportaiton supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs.
Every $10 million in capital investment in public transportation yields $30 million in increased business sales.
Home values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service.
Public Transportation Saves Money
Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices.
According to APTA’s Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $10,174 a year by downsizing to one car.
Public transportation provides an affordable, and for many, necessary, alternative to driving.
Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption
Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit.
Public Transportation Reduces Carbon Footprint
Public transportation use in the United States reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. This is equivalent to Washington, DC; New York City; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined stopping using electricity.
One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.
A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10 percent and up to 30 percent if he or she eliminates a second car.