Public Transportation

Transit Lifestyle

  • The latest census revealed that the population of walkable urban and suburban areas grew much faster than the country’s growth rate over the last ten years– 12.1 percent versus 9.7 percent.
  • To get around, Millennials are increasingly becoming multi-modal and moving to communities that provide robust public transportation options.
    • From 2001 to 2009, the number of passenger-miles traveled per capita by 16 to 34 year-olds on public transit increased by 40 percent.
    • Sixty-two percent of people ages 18-29 said they would prefer to live in an area described as having a mix of single family houses, apartments and condominiums, with stores, restaurants, libraries, schools and access to public transportation nearby, than in a sprawl-style neighborhood.
  • In 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, the highest annual ridership number in 57 years.
  • From 1995 through 2013, public transportation ridership increased by 37.2%—a growth rate higher than the 22.7% increase in U.S. population and higher than the 20.3% growth in the use of the nation’s highways over the same period.
  • Across the country, public support for public transportation investment and expansion is strong. Over the last five years, voters have approved over 77 percent of ballot initiatives that included funding for public transportation.
  • Americans living in areas served by public transportation save 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel annually, according to the most recent Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) report.
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