Benefits of Using FAST

THE BENEFITS OF USING PUBLIC TRANSIT:

Public transit gives you an opportunity to talk to others, or allows for the pleasure of reading a good book, the daily paper or just relaxing on your way to work. 

Other benefits are:

  • Saving money (cost of gas, maintenance and insurance for your personal vehicle)
  • A less stressful and more productive commute
  • Reducing traffic congestion
  • Improving air quality now and for future generations

benefits Economic Benefits Environmental Benefits Community Benefits Individual Benefits

Economic Benefits:

  • $10 million invested in transit capital yields $30 million in business sales, and the same investment in transit operations generates $32 million.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation:  Wherever Life Takes You

  • In project after project, a capital investment in public transit sparks a chain same amount invested in transit operations generates 60,000 jobs. The reaction in business activity that far exceeds the initial investment. The dollars that flow to hundreds of industries, from specialized rail or bus construction firms to maintenance and software suppliers. These jobs create more jobs in the community through the multiplier effect. Every $1 billion invested in public transit capital projects generates 30,000 jobs, and the return on investment could be as high as 9 to 1.
    Source: The Economic Importance of Public Transit: National Business Coalition for Rapid Transit

  • Businesses in transit-intensive areas save on land required for parking and its associated costs. Where public transportation is a factor, the number of parking spaces required for offices and retail business can be reduced by 30% and 50%, respectively ? saving between $2,000 and $20,000 per parking space.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You

  • For every dollar invested in transit, America receives nearly two dollars in economic benefits. In 2005, federal, state and local governments spent $30.9 billion to provide transit services (not including fares.) These investments yielded at least $60 billion per year in benefits... In other words, investment in transit more than pays for itself.
    Source: A Better Way to Go
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit - U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008

  • Capital investment historically creates jobs in any industry, but it's even more pronounced in public transportation because of the vast number of businesses directly impacted. Movement of a company's number one assets, its employees, is as critical of an investment as dollars spent on marketing to your customers.
    Source: Mark Drennen
    President and CEO of greater New Orleans, Inc.
    From The Economic Importance of Public Transit
    (Presented by The National Business Coalition for Rapid Transit)

  • Public transportation enhances local rural economic growth in many ways. For example, it can increase the local customer base for a range of services, including shopping malls, medical facilities, and other transportation services. Residents interested in attending community colleges or other local educational facilities may gain access to such training opportunities with transit service. And, rural locations with amenities may gain potential tourists who otherwise would not have visited such communities without transit.
    Source: Public Transportation on the Move in Rural America
    Economic Research Service, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture ? July 2008

  • Growing regions must invest in the transportation infrastructure required to support their communities or they will not thrive. A well-planned and adequately supported transit system is essential before any region can truly be considered a modern, efficient economic center.
    Source: Jerry Roper
    President and CEO
    Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director the National Business Coalition for Rapid Transit

  • Investing in transit allows our entire transportation system, including streets and highways, to be more efficient. We become more mobile. We travel faster. Businesses want to locate and grow here. We create jobs. We save time and expand  our economy, and  that means more money for all of us.
    Source: Time is Money ? The Economic Benefits of Transit Investment

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Environmental Benefits:

  • Planting new forest is one way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere... To match the total effect of [providing] public transportation, the U.S. would have to plant 23.2 million acres of new forest (annually).
    Source: The Broader Connection between Public Transportation, Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Reduction
    ICF International, February 2008

  • Increased use of public transportation is the most effective strategy for achieving significant energy savings and environmental gains ? without new taxes, governmental mandates or regulations.
    Source: The Economic Importance of Public Transit:  National Business Coalition for Rapid Transit

  • Public transportation takes cars off the road... 12 cars for a full van.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You

  • A bus with as few as seven passengers is more fuel efficient than the average car with one occupant used for commuting.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You

  • In 2006, the United States was responsible for 24 percent of global consumption of oil. The average American consumed 25.2 barrels of oil in 2006, more than the average citizen of any country outside of the Middle East.
    Source: A Better Way to Go:
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008

  • Clean, efficient public transit must and will be a large part of that (a new transportation future for America) future. Rail, rapid bus and other forms of transit already deliver large benefits to the American people ? saving energy, reducing pollution, curbing congestion, saving money and enriching our communities.
    Source: A Better Way to Go:
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008

  • For every 10,000 solo commuters who leave their cars at home and commute on an existing public transportation service for one year, the nation reduces fuel consumption by 2.7 million gallons.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You

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Community Benefits:

  • Approximately three out of four Americans now believe that improving transit and building communities that require less driving are the best solutions for reducing traffic congestion.
    Source: A Better Way to Go
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008

  • Public transportation helps lead the nation towards its goals and polices of protecting the environment, conserving energy, and providing for the health, safety and security of it's citizens.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You

  • In many parts of the country, public transportation systems are operating beyond their design capacity. With future annual ridership growth projected at 3.5% annually, it will be difficult for a number of these systems to carry additional riders without significant new investment.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Public Transportation Reduces Greenhouse Gases and Conserves Energy, 2008

  • Traffic congestion is more than just an annoyance; it also imposes large economic costs. In 2005, traffic congestion created an estimated $78 billion drain on the economy in the form of 4.2 billion lost hours of time and 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel.
    Source: A Better Way to Go
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008

  • A robust transit system gives us a major tool to improve our quality of life. It allows us to slow the pace of sprawl; create compact, walkable communities; revitalize our downtowns; preserve opens space; locate employers and workers closer to each other; and reduce pollution and global warming.
    Source: The Economic Importance of Public Transit: National Business Coalition for Rapid Transit

  • Traffic congestion causes an annual loss of $40 billion to U.S. business. If all U.S. public transportation commuters drove instead, that loss would increase by over 37%.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You

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Individual Benefits:

  • Households who use public transportation save a significant amount of money. A two-adult "public transportation household" saves an average $6,251 every year, compared to an equivalent household with two cars and no access to public transportation service. .
    Source: Public Transportation and Petroleum Savings in the U.S.:  Reducing Dependence on Oil, ICF International

  • Americans who live in transit-intensive areas save $22 billion each year by using public transportation. 
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You

  • In areas where transit does not exist or is inconvenient, the lack of a vehicle can isolate "transportation disadvantaged" people - cutting them off from jobs, educational opportunities, or important public services. With the population of older Americans rising dramatically as the "Baby Boomers" near retirement, the need for alternatives to driving will grow.
    Source: A Better Way to Go
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit; U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008

  • Transit investments are potent job-creators. Investments in transit produce 19 percent more jobs than equivalent investments in new road and bridge projects.
    Source: A Better Way to Go
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit; U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008

  • If you commute to work by car, figure about $52.20 total vehicle expenses per 100 miles. If that seems like a lot, driving a more fuel-efficient model or looking into public or alternative transportation options could save you money.    
    Source: American Automobile Association:
    Your Driving Costs: Behind the Numbers
    2007 Edition

  • The average commuter spent six minutes longer driving to or from work in 2001 than he or she did in 1983. That may not sound like a lot of time, but over the course of a full year, that amounts to 50 hours per year - or more than a full work week - of additional time spent commuting for a full-time worker.
    Source: A Better Way to Go
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit; U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008

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