Transit is the Freedom to Choose!
Do you always drive? Usually drive? Sometimes drive? Never drive? It doesn't matter. Transit benefits you. Here a few of the many reasons why. Click here to learn about the three ways transit is under attack.
JOBS: According to the American Public Transportation Association, every $1 billion invested in public transit supports and creates 36,000 jobs. Transit also helps connect people with their jobs. According to WURTA (Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association), almost 50% of Wisconsin transit riders rely on the bus to get to jobs or job training.
FREEDOM: Regardless of the transporation method you choose, it is important that each and everyone one of us gets the choice. However, there are some of us who cannot choose, due to disabilities, income disparities, age, and other safety concerns. For all of these reasons and more, transit is important
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: According to a Wisconsin DOT study, on average, every $1 for public transit provides a $3.61 economic return to the state because transportation enables retail, healthcare, education, recreation and more!
Benefits for Transit Users:
FREEDOM: Riders can eat, text, read, and work without worrying about driving or being distracted. Some trains/buses even have Wi-Fi!
BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: According to the American Public Transit Association, a single person, commuting alone by car, who switches a 20-mile round-trip commute to transit, can reduce his or her annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year.
LESS EXPENSIVE: Households that use public transportation save over $6,000 a year (ICF International) The IRS reimbursement rate for driving is $0.51 per mile, based on depreciation, gas, insurance, oil changes, etc. and gas prices continue to rise, it becomes more economical to ride transit. For example, a 10-mile trip from Downtown Madison to East Towne Mall would cost $2.00 bus fare or $5.10 to drive.
LESS HASSLE: Riding public transit, you do not have to worry about buying gas, finding and paying for parking, expensive car repairs, etc.
SAFER: Public transportation is significantly safer than driving a car. The National Safety Council estimates that taking a bus is 170 times safer than automobile travel and similar trips result in 200,000 fewer deaths, injuries, and accidents when public transit is used.
Benefits for Drivers:
FEWER TRAFFIC JAMS!: One bus can hold 40 people, reducing the number of cars on the road. Less traffic on the road means a more comfortable, faster, and less hectic trip for those who are driving. On average, there are over 40,000 cars on the beltline per day. Traffic and construction severely increases travel time.
LESS CONSTRUCTION/BETTER ROADS: Fewer cars, especially when commuter trains are used, result in less wear and tear on the roads and less construction.
REDUCED DEMAND ON GASOLINE: The reduction in demand for gas and parking will result in slower gas rises and less expensive parking.
SAFER: With alternatives, those that are not as capable or attentive when driving can use transit. This, along with decreased numbers on the road results in much fewer accidents.
The Cost of Oil Dependence:
HURTS THE ECONOMY: Importing oil is creating thousands of jobs in other countries. We are spending $1 billion a day overseas on oil that could instead be reinvested in our own economy.
THREATENS OUR SECURITY: As of 2008, we were importing from 10 countries listed as having “long term, protractedconditions that make a country dangerous or unstable,” including Iraq, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia.
THREATENS THE ENVIRONMENT: As our oil supply continues to decrease, oil is becoming harder to find and we are going to extremes to get it, including drilling deep into the sea, destroying wildlife refuges, and destroying forests in Canada to extract oil from sand. When will this end?