Relieving Congestion to Boost Trade

Clogged roads and highways inconvenience millions of commuters, but these same traffic jams also hold back trillions of dollars in goods traveling between different markets every year. The 100 largest metro areas transport $16.2 trillion in products annually—or nearly 80 percent of all the country’s freight. Even more critically, though, over two-thirds of these goods are carried by trucks, which often traverse multiple states on their long-distance journeys. Regional markets depend on an efficient freight network to forge economic connections with one another, yet local congestion can restrict this movement.  

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The Multibillion-Dollar Tax Subsidy That’s Making Your Commute Worse

The commuter parking benefit results in $7.3 billion in forgone revenue annually while also increasing traffic congestion in our most congested cities, according to TransitCenter and Frontier Group‘s new report, “Subsidizing Congestion: The Multibillion-Dollar Tax Subsidy That’s Making Your Commute Worse.” Released on November 18, 2014, the report found that the $1.3 billion public transportation benefit removes only about a tenth of the roughly 820,000 cars added to the road by the parking subsidy.

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Economic Impacts of Public Transportation

Economic Impact of Public Transportation Investment - May 2014
Groundbreaking analysis measures public transportation’s impact on the nation’s economic productivity for the first time. Investment in transit can yield 50,731 jobs per $1 billion invested, and offers a 4 to 1 economic return. Investment offers productivity gains long after the short-term stimulative effect.

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Public Transportation Statistics

The Public Transportation Fact Book, published annually by APTA, contains statistical data covering all aspects of the transit industry in the United States and Canada. Major sections include an overview of U.S. transit facts, transit finances and operating statistics by modes of travel, transit vehicle characteristics and deliveries, facts and numbers relating to federal grants and the Federal Transit Act, and statistical trends of Canadian transit operations.

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Bosses for Buses: U.S. Employers Supporting Public Transit

American employers are organizing and winning better public transportation in many metro areas. Major employers such as universities and hospitals and coalitions of businesses help explain why state and local ballot initiatives for transit consistently win more than 70 percent of the time. Read the seminal report from Good Jobs First on how the business community has been engaged in winning local support for transit projects.

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Transit Rider Organizing: A How-To Manual

Based on two a series of “boot camps” organized by the Amalgamated Transit Union and Good Jobs First, this manual features organizing how-tos, inspirational interviews and case studies of creative grassroots campaign victories from Spokane, Washington to New York City. A must-read for local advocates working to support public transit in their communities.

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