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A Critical Piece of the Multi-Modal Transit Puzzle



With 326 million Americans (and counting) needing to be mobile, our nation requires a robust multi-modal transportation network that includes infrastructure for driving, walking, biking, and public transit.

Millions of Americans depend on multiple forms of transportation in their daily lives. Think about a commuter who drives to a light rail station, parks, and then takes the train into town, or a student who depends on a bikeshare to reach their after-school job, or a person traveling to a doctor’s office taking the subway and then calling a car on an app to return home.

This mobility puzzle includes multiple forms of transit, and public transportation is the cornerstone of a multi-modal network that can support this kind of inter-connected mobility for communities large and small.

The Future is Multi-Modal

Cities, small towns, and suburbs are looking to multi-modal transit solutions as space limitations prevent us from continually expanding roads. Our population is growing, but our physical space is not.

Transportation experts and community planners increasingly recognize that the future of American transportation must rely on multi-modal networks that combine a wide array of transportation options:

  • Buses, bus rapid transit (BRT), mini-buses, and paratransit
  • Streetcars, commuter rail, regional rail, and high-speed rail
  • Cars, cabs, van pools, and rideshare services
  • Traditional bikes, e-bikes, bikeshare, and walking

Though not all people use all forms of transportation, each option has value and ultimately contributes to a better travel experience for everyone: Buses and trains help reduce traffic congestion for drivers; cabs and rideshare services make it more feasible for people to walk and bike because they will have other ways of getting to their destinations if weather or other conditions change; the examples are numerous.

Holistic transportation networks are essential to making mobility and the flow of commerce easier for each community.

Why Many is Better Than One

  1. Economic Development and Jobs—Public transportation spurs the growth of business clusters and job creation. On the flip side, limited transportation options and access effectively curb growth and labor market expansion for local communities.
  2. Affordability—Access to public transit can lower the overall cost of transportation for households, freeing up dollars for food, healthcare, housing, education, and other essentials. With reduced transportation costs, individuals and households can better respond to financial stress and pursue education and employment opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach.
  3. Generational Shift—Millennials—those who entered adulthood in the early 21st century—use multiple modes of transportation and favor public transit. Now our nation’s most populous generation, millennials have led a decline in driving and created demand for stronger public transit options.

Our nation is already staying mobile thanks to multi-modal transportation networks anchored by public transit. We must continue to plan and invest for a future that is more and more multi-modal. It is the only solution for keeping our nation moving forward for decades to come.