Transit Studies

Americans support public transit.  Only 1 in 4 households say there is currently adequate public transportation.  According to a 2004 study by Wirthlin Worldwide:1

  • 80 percent agree that more public transit would improve the economy.
  • 76 percent support public funding of transit projects.

Safety Facts (from the National Safety Council):2

  • You are 25 times less likely to die in a traffic accident when you ride public transit versus travel in a personal vehicle.
  • Annually, personal vehicle accidents are responsible for:3
  • - 45,800 people killed
    - 2.7 million injured.

Congestion Facts (from Texas A&M University):4

  • Americans lose $63 billion per year in productivity sitting in traffic.
  • If there was no public transit, delays would increase by 27 percent ($18 billion in lost productivity).

References:

1 - Americans Support Public Transportation Growth and Investment, study conducted by Wirthlin Worldwide February 20-23, 2004.

2 - Injury Facts, National Safety Council, 2005-2006.

3 - Selected Measures of Unintentional Injuries, U.S., National Safety Council, 2001-2005.

4 - 2005 Annual Urban Mobility Report, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, 2005.