Transit is a vital economic lifeline for millions of Americans workers, students, persons with disabilities and senior citizens. Yet many agencies across the country are slashing services, eliminating routes, and raising fares, leaving many stranded and without access to employment, schools, health care and community services. This lack of mobility is one of the major economic, environmental and social justice issues today.

Americans for Transit mission is to build a national coalition of transit rider advocates across the United States. We aim to create a big-tent coalition of transit riders and supporters to address the pressing transit funding crisis in America. We are the only national organization solely focused on supporting and strengthening the work of local transit advocacy groups.

Across America we need more affordable public transportation; not less. Together, we can build a movement to implement change in our communities.

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    Paying More Taxes for Transit can Save You Money

    The good folks in Minneapolis did an analysis on the costs vs. benefits of their proposal to pay for transit improvements with a regional sales tax increase. Paying taxes to fund transit is like paying for any other good or service – we should consider what we get for our investment. According to AAA, the average annual cost of owning a car in 2014 was $8876. Getting rid of a car can save people a lot of money. Congestion also costs each individual driver hundreds of dollars per year in fuel costs.

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    How Far Would You Walk to Transit?

    The question of how far people will walk to reach a transit stop has a pretty significant impact on the shape of cities. American urban planners conventionally draw that line at about a half-mile. Some guidelines pull it back to a quarter-mile, while others adjust the distance for bus stops (typically a quarter-mile) and train stations (typically a half-mile), but the consensus holds that no one makes it farther than half a mile that on foot.

    New research unveiled at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, suggests that some cities' TOD footprint could be extended up to a mile.

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    America is falling in love with public transit

    Breaking News: America really likes public transit, they really do.

    Across the nation, transit ridership is experiencing a winning streak for 12 of the past 15 quarters. From July through September 2014, total U.S. trips on commuter rail, subways, buses, streetcars and trolleys topped 2.7 billion -- an increase of 1.81%.

    And it's not just happening in traditionally transit-rich cities like New York and Chicago. Mass transit is rapidly growing in mid-sized cities like Cleveland, Albany, Seattle and Oakland. Even Detroit - the Motor City - is laying tracks for a streetcar and implementing its Regional Transit Authority.

    Read the entire story on CNN.

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    POLL: Americans Widely Favor Transit over New Roads

    ICYMI: Americans continue to prefer investments in transit over building costly new roads.

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    A recent poll from ABC News and the Washington Post finds that when presented with the choice, Americans would rather spend transportation resources expanding transit than widening roads. Of course, where you lived matters: Urbanites (61%) and suburbanites (52%) were most likely to prefer transit spending, but even half of rural residents (49%) showed some preference for public transportation.

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    Has the Earmark Ban made Congress Irrelevant?

    Ban all earmarks. It's one of those things that sounds a lot better than it really is. Instead of decisions on transportation projects being made by states and municipalities, we have transferred all of the power and decision-making to Washington, D.C. Is there any wonder why Congress has not been able to pass a single long-term transportation bill since the earmark ban?

    Bruce Katz opines, "The federal government’s power is diminishing. Washington is becoming less effective at addressing many of our nation’s problems and less consequential in bolstering the cities and regions that drive the economy."

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    Omnibus spending bill contains more money for Mass Transit

    The $1.1 trillion Omnibus spending bill unveiled by Congressional Appropriators includes important transportation policy provisions incuding:

    • $2.3 billion for the Federal Transit Administration, an increase of $141 million over fiscal year 2014.
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