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Community Benefits of Using FAST

Community Benefits:

  • Approximately three out of four Americans now believe that improving transit and building communities that require less driving are the best solutions for reducing traffic congestion.
    Source: A Better Way to Go
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008
  • Public transportation helps lead the nation towards its goals and policies of protecting the environment, conserving energy, and providing for the health, safety and security of it's citizens.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association 
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You
  • In many parts of the country, public transportation systems are operating beyond their design capacity. With future annual ridership growth projected at 3.5% annually, it will be difficult for a number of these systems to carry additional riders without significant new investment.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Public Transportation Reduces Greenhouse Gases and Conserves Energy, 2008
  • Traffic congestion is more than just an annoyance; it also imposes large economic costs. In 2005, traffic congestion created an estimated $78 billion drain on the economy in the form of 4.2 billion lost hours of time and 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel.
    Source: A Better Way to Go
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008
  • A robust transit system gives us a major tool to improve our quality of life. It allows us to slow the pace of sprawl; create compact, walkable communities; revitalize our downtowns; preserve open space; locate employers and workers closer to each other; and reduce pollution and global warming.
    Source: The Economic Importance of Public Transit: National Business Coalition for Rapid Transit
  • Traffic congestion causes an annual loss of $40 billion to U.S. business. If all U.S. public transportation commuters drove instead, that loss would increase by over 37%.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You