Are You “On Board” for Public Transportation?
Show Congress the 1-2-3 of Why Public Transit Matters
Save the Date! April 25 is national “Get on Board” Day. So what exactly is “Get On Board Day” and what does it mean for you? Great question!
Public transit systems and mobility champions will be uniting to raise awareness about the importance of public transportation. We’ll be highlighting the economic, social, cultural, and safety benefits of public transportation—and why we all need to “Get On Board” when it comes to investing to improve and expand public transportation in communities large and small.
You already know public transit matters at three key levels: personally, for local communities, and for the nation as a whole. Together, those stories—the personal, community-wide, and national—make up the 1-2-3 of why public transit matters, and each plays a role as we work to show the new Congress why they need to keep public transportation at the forefront in their infrastructure and transportation discussions.
Let’s Start at the Beginning: #1—How Do Strong Public Transportation Networks Benefit You?
Strong mobility systems have public transportation as their backbone. Whether you ride public transportation or not, you reap the benefits every day! Here are just a few ways people have told us they personally benefit from public transit:
- Easier Connectivity: 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. Flexible public transportation makes getting around easier for everyone.
- Greater Safety: Public transit-oriented communities are five times safer than communities centered around vehicle transit. Better public transportation creates more compact development and integrated communities, which in turn reduces auto miles traveled and produces safer speeds in those areas.
- Financial Benefits: The average household spends 16 cents of every dollar on transportation, with most of the money going toward buying and maintaining a car. Households that use transit and give up a car save nearly $10,000 annually.
- Healthier Living—It’s easy to be more active when you use public transportation. Most riders walk to their stop or station, and many combine bicycling and transit. Traveling by public transportation is also 10 times safer per mile than traveling by car.
We Want to Hear from YOU!
How do YOU benefit from public transit? Tell us how YOU Get On Board with public transit, even if you don’t ride!
Your story could be featured on our website and social media channels as part of our upcoming Get On Board Day!
What’s to Come?
We hope every member of Voices for Public Transit will participate. Here are some ways to get involved:
- Find Out What’s Happening Locally—Visit the website of your local public transit system—or check social media—and find out what’s planned in your area. Transit systems around the country are hosting special events and activities. Check out what’s happening and get involved.
- Ride Transit—The easiest way to be part of “Get on Board” Day is literally to get on board. Show your support by riding transit on Thursday, April 25.
- Spread the Word—Let friends, family, co-workers, and others know that April 25 is national “Get on Board” Day and encourage them to participate. In addition, post on social media, using the hashtags #GetOnBoard #transit.
- Communicate with Elected Officials—We’ll be reaching out soon, so you can communicate directly through email to your members of Congress, as well as state and local elected officials, letting them know you’re participating in “Get on Board” Day because you support public transportation.
So, mark your calendar for April 25. We’ll be back to highlight ways communities and our nation as a whole benefit when we “Get On Board.”