Public Transportation

Sample Fact Sheet

Wherever Life Takes Community [insert]
Public Transportation Facts from the [insert] Coalition

Availability and Access

  • {#}community [insert] residents ride public transportation each year
  • {#}buses, {#} ferries, {#} light rail, etc. transport community [insert] residents every day
  • {#} miles are covered by public transportation in community [insert] each year

Mobility and Freedom [insert available local numbers]

  • 32 million senior citizens nationwide rely on public transportation for activities like running errands, visiting friends and getting to medical appointments
  • 24 million people with disabilities need transit to maintain their independence
  • 37 million people living below the poverty line nationwide cannot afford a car and use public transportation to reach their jobs
  • 56 million children under the driving age count on public transportation to get to school, extracurricular activities and part-time jobs

Dollars and Sense

  • $ {#} -- The average round-trip fare on community [insert] public transportation
  • $250 -- The average monthly amount a family living in an area with many public transportation options saves on auto expenses
  • $ {#} -- The estimated yearly amount a person with a 20-mile round trip commute to work saves on gas when they choose to ride public transportation (based on a car getting 25 miles per gallon and {#} average price of gas)
  • $ {#} -- The amount of new investment needed to maintain community [insert] public transportation system
  • {#} people in community [insert] are employed by public transportation authorities and public transportation helps business recruit and retain employees.
  • $30 million -- The annual gain in sales businesses will see for every $10 million invested in public transportation projects.

A More Livable Community

  • Alleviating Traffic Congestion -- Public transportation helps lessen traffic on crowded highways and reduces commuting times. On average in community [insert], there is [insert] in lost productivity due to traffic congestion.
  • Boosting Real Estate Value -- Public transportation fuels local developments such as [examples] and can in turn raise local property values.
  • Improving Air Quality -- By reducing air pollution from single-passenger vehicles, public transportation helps everyone breathe easier.
  • Saving Energy -- Public transportation reduces dependency on non-renewable energy supplies such as gasoline.
  • Fostering Strong Neighborhoods -- Public transportation helps residents attend community events, allows for the creation of "pedestrian only" zones, and can provide transportation services during times of natural disasters or other crises.

All Statistics from the Federal Transit Administration Report and the American Public Transportation Association’s A Summary of Public Transportation Statistics

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