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From Home to Work: Public Transit’s Making the Most Important Connections



Every day, millions of Americans reach their jobs using public transportation. But it isn’t just the workforce using transportation. Business owners rely on public transportation to find and retain good talent to keep their businesses moving forward. The ripple effect public transportation creates drives not only an individual’s economic prosperity, but local economies across the nation.

Don’t Believe Us? Let’s Hear from Voices for Public Transit Advocates!

We’re hearing from advocates across the country on how they rely on public transportation for reaching their jobs and the ability of public transit to drive business growth.

  • “I've had to rely on public transportation due to an injury that prevents me from driving. I’ve also had workers that I’ve supervised who rely on public transportation to get to work. Without a reliable and extensive network of public transportation, businesses would lose out on qualified workers, and workers would have fewer opportunities for work.” Karen from Dallas, TX
  • “I have epilepsy and cannot drive. I rely on public transportation to get to work. I live and work in a rural area, so even if I move closer to my job, I would still be taking public transportation.” Janet from Derry, PA
  • “I commute daily by transit. It’s the only way I can get to my job. Transit has opened new opportunities to me by allowing me to find work that might otherwise be beyond my reach.” William from Aurora, CO
  • “My job is 45 miles from my home. I commute by Tri-Rail, which is our local train system. It costs me just about $2 a day compared to about $10-15 in gas to drive on the very contested highway. It’s a game changer. This system has allowed me to live in a better neighborhood while maintaining my job.” Sunshine from Boynton Beach FL


Beyond Individual Access; Public Transit Helps Businesses Grow

When employees can dependably reach their jobs, employers benefit as well. Businesses located close to public transportation experience less employee absenteeism and employee turnover. These businesses enjoy the added benefit of having access to a larger pool of potential employees.

Employers and business owners have partnered with local government and transit agencies to expand public transit options. Take a look at suburban Indianapolis where property owners supported a new fee to help improve public transit to business clusters. The new service—which includes shuttles, buses, and ride-sharing—is helping connect job seekers with employers such as Amazon, Ryder, and Belkin.

Investments in Public Transit Drive Economic Returns

Investments in public transit support job creation. Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates about 50,000 jobs. In addition, public transportation is a $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs.

But as we’ve seen, transit benefits go beyond job creation. Public transportation is a connector between private sector employers and employees, providing advantages to both.