Public transportation has been included as one of the needs. With public transportation, lives were made easier and faster. People can easily get access to different places with the help of public transportation. Here are some of the most popular and common public transportations that you can see and use; buses, trolleys and light trail, subways, commuter trains, streetcars, cable cars, van pool services, paratransit services for senior citizens and people with disabilities, ferries and water taxis, and monorails and tramways. You might have these public transportations in the place where you live. You might also have enjoyed some of the public transportation benefits. Here are the three benefits that you will enjoy if you are using public transportation.
Save Money: Public transportation saves you money. You might be wondering how it can save you money. If you compare the money that you pay for fare and the money that you pay for gas, it’s way cheaper. One of the reasons is that, the price of the gas keeps on increasing each year. Base on study, a household can save more than $10,000 every year if that household uses transportation on a given day. Another factor is that public transportation provides an affordable fare. It’s also for everybody, necessary, and alternative to driving. Another study shows that in the average household spends 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, 94% of this goes to buying, maintaining, operating cars, the largest expenditure after housing, and etc. That’s why people who are using public transportation really saves a lot of money and uses it for other needs. Did you know that more than $25 million is saved in transportation cost for every $10 million dollars invested in public transportation to both highway and public transportations users?
Provide Economic Opportunity: Base on study, public transportation provides economic opportunities. Did you know that $4 is generated in economic returns for every one dollar invested in public transportation? It also creates 36,000 jobs in every one billion dollars invested in public transportation supports. Then, it also increases business sales up to thirty million dollars to every ten million dollars in capital investments in public transportation. Another factor is it yields thirty-two million dollars in increase in business sales for every ten million dollars in operating investment. Another benefit that public transportation could offer is it provides job opportunities for millions of Americans. It also saves you time to bet to work, got to school, visit friends, and go to a doctor’s office. It also shows that at least 83 percent of older Americans say that their life has become accessible with the help of public transit to the things they need in everyday life. Public transportation is also a big help of vital link for more than 51 million Americans with disabilities.
Reduce Congestion/Time/Stress: Another study shows that one of the benefits in using public transportation reduces that congestion in our roadways. It also reduces time and stress. According to the most recent update of Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) report on congestion, annually, Americans living in areas served by public transportation could save up to 796 million hours in travel time and 303 million gallons of fuel. Without the public transit vehicles, the costs from traffic congestion would have raised up to $17 million, nationwide. Annually, per household who have access to bus and rail lines reduces driving by 4,400 miles. In congestion reduction alone, annually, American living in areas served by public transportation saves 785 million hours in travel time and 640 million gallons of fuel. Congestion cost would have been an additional $19 billion without public transportation.