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Individual Benefits of Using FAST

Individual Benefits:

  • Households who use public transportation save a significant amount of money. A two-adult "public transportation household" saves an average $6,251 every year, compared to an equivalent household with two cars and no access to public transportation service.
    Source: Public Transportation and Petroleum Savings in the U.S.: Reducing Dependence on Oil, ICF International
  • Americans who live in transit-intensive areas save $22 billion each year by using public transportation.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You
  • In areas where transit does not exist or is inconvenient, the lack of a vehicle can isolate "transportation disadvantaged" people - cutting them off from jobs, educational opportunities, or important public services. With the population of older Americans rising dramatically as the "Baby Boomers" near retirement, the need for alternatives to driving will grow.
    Source: A Better Way to Go
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit; U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008
  • Transit investments are potent job-creators. Investments in transit produce 19 percent more jobs than equivalent investments in new road and bridge projects.
    Source: A Better Way to Go
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit; U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008
  • If you commute to work by car, figure about $52.20 total vehicle expenses per 100 miles. If that seems like a lot, driving a more fuel-efficient model or looking into public or alternative transportation options could save you money.
    Source: American Automobile Association:
    Your Driving Costs: Behind the Numbers
    2007 Edition
  • The average commuter spent six minutes longer driving to or from work in 2001 than he or she did in 1983. That may not sound like a lot of time, but over the course of a full year, that amounts to 50 hours per year - or more than a full work week - of additional time spent commuting for a full-time worker.
    Source: A Better Way to Go
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit; U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008