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.
- 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