Public Transit By the Numbers

The Big Numbers

  • 9 BILLION: The number of public transit trips taken by Americans in 2018.
  • 34 MILLION: The number of times people board public transit each weekday.
  • 6,800: The approximate number of systems and organizations providing public transit in the U.S.
  • 21%: Increase in public transportation ridership since 1997.
  • 45%: The percentage of Americans who have no access to public transportation.

Jobs, the Economy, and Savings

  • 50,000: The number of jobs supported or created by every $1 billion invested in public transit.
  • 435,000: The number of employees in the public transportation sector.
  • $5: The economic return on every $1 invested in public transportation.
  • 87%: The percentage of public transit trips that have a direct impact on the local economy.
  • 42%: The percentage that home values in areas located near high-frequency public transit outperformed those in other areas.
  • $10,000: The approximate amount a household can save annually by taking public transportation and living with one less car.


  • 10x: The factor per mile that traveling by public transportation is safer than traveling by car.
  • 90%: The approximate percentage by which a person can reduce the chance of being in an accident if they travel by public transportation rather than by car.

Environmental Benefits

  • 37 MILLION: The number of metric tons of carbon emissions reduced annually because of public transportation.
  • 4.2 BILLION: The number of gallons of gas saved annually because of public transportation.


Source: Public Transportation Facts