Access and Affordability
Public transportation benefits all of us, but for millions of Americans, it’s a necessity. It is the primary—or only—transportation option for people who cannot drive or do not have access to private vehicles. Affordable public transit enables people to reach work, access health care, and attend school, which makes our communities stronger overall.
Keeping People Connected
Public Transportation Provides Vital Connections for Millions of Americans We all benefit because public transit eases pollution and traffic congestion. It also makes our communities stronger by providing a lifeline for millions of Americans who can’t or don’t drive. Every day, people make connections, reach jobs, and access medical care by riding public transit.
A Critical Link
Our communities benefit when everyone can make connections. Even if you don’t ride, public transportation enables others to reach work and strengthen your community.
Public transit also provides a key link for people who cannot travel by private car. For more than 51 million Americans with disabilities, public transportation enables mobility—and self-sufficiency. Eighty-three percent of older Americans say public transit provides them with access to the necessities of everyday life.
Connections for Small Cities and Rural America
Public transportation also connects rural residents and people in smaller cities to larger urban commercial centers and services. Many public transit systems serving rural Americans provide special “demand” services that route buses directly to rural passengers.
While public transit provides a lifeline to hundreds of smaller communities, a lack of transportation options still limits many rural residents’ access to higher education and job opportunities. Unfortunately, special funding for small urban and rural area public transportation programs has stagnated since 2009.
Federal Funding for Small Urban and Rural Transit Has Flat-Lined
Public transportation offers mobility options for millions of Americans. However, for residents of small urban and rural areas, access to public transit still needs to be greatly expanded. Nearly two-thirds of all residents in these communities have few transportation options. Read more.
Money in Your Pocket
Public transportation helps consumers save!
- Taking public transportation rather than driving saves families an average of $800+ each month, and more than $9,700 annually.
- Downtown parking costs an average of $1,995 annually.
- 94 percent of the average American household’s transportation expenses go toward buying, maintaining, and operating cars.
Public transit—including light rail, buses, and high-speed trains—is far more energy efficient than travel by airplane or car. And all forms of public transportation use less space to move more people. This translates into a smaller environmental footprint, leaving space for neighborhoods and communities to thrive.