Facts at a Glance

Facts at a Glance

It’s a proven fact: investment in our transportation infrastructure, particularly public transportation, drives growth. It attracts development and increased property values along its corridors. It connects restaurants to diners, landlords to renters, families to local stores and employers to employees. Robust investment in public transportation yields results.

Quick Facts

  • In 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, the highest annual ridership number in 57 years.
  • 35 million times each weekday, people board public transportation.
  • Public transportation is a $58 billion industry that employs nearly 400,000 people.
  • More than 7,100 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.
  • 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.


Public Transportation Has a Postive Economic Impact on Communities

  • Every $1 communities invest in public transportation approximately $4 is generated in economic returns.
  • Every $10 million in operating investment in public transportation yields $32 million in increased business sales.
  • Residential property values perform 42 percent better on average if they are located near public transportation with high-frequency service.
  • 1.1 million jobs are created or sustained per year because of public transportation.

Public Transportation Gives Access

  • 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

  • Access to bus and rail lines reduces driving by 4,400 miles per household annually.
  • Americans living in areas served by public transportation save 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel annually in congestion reduction alone.
  • Without public transportation, congestion costs would have been an additional $21 billion.

Public Transportation Saves Money

  • The average household spends 17.5 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 94% of this goes to buying, maintaining, and operating cars, the largest expenditure after housing.
  • A household can save more than $10,100 by taking public transportation and living with one less car.