73% of Americans support spending on public transportation

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in conjunction with the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), released the results of a recent poll, which underscores the public's support for expanded access to public transportation.

Its analysis shows that more than 73% percent of Americans support using tax dollars to create, expand and improve public transportation in their communities.

73% of Americans support spending on public transportation

Slightly less (nearly 73%) believe Congress should increase the level of federal spending on public transportation infrastructure. The survey reflects a continuation of a multi-year trend where nearly three-quarters of Americans consistently support increased investment in public transportation.

"Both of the presidential candidates are talking about the need for infrastructure investment to meet a growing demand from the public," said APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall. "This poll shows that American voters understand that an investment in public transit is a vital part of our national infrastructure."

APTA noted that the candidates are focusing on infrastructure investment, including public transportation, because it significantly impacts the middle class both in providing jobs and creating access to jobs. For instance, every $1 billion invested in public transit creates more than 50,000 jobs. In addition, every dollar invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns.

APTA leaders say this strong public support could also bode well when Americans go to the polls on Nov. 8 and have the opportunity to vote to boost public transit funding through 27 state and local ballot initiatives across the country. This could result in nearly $200 billion in new investment for public transportation.

The Mineta Institute and APTA survey also highlights the public's support for the value public transportation adds to communities across the country:

  • Nearly 82% agreed that public transportation provides an affordable way for people to get around.
  • 84% of the respondents said public transportation provides people with vital connections to important resources like jobs, schools and medical facilities.
  • Roughly 80% said that public transportation connects people to jobs, and thus helps to fuel economic growth and development.
  • 67% of those surveyed stated that public transportation creates a cleaner environment and reduces carbon emissions.

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Minneapolis' Metro Transit is celebrating a top national award that recognizes its record ridership and success in a range of areas, including safety, operations, maintenance and community relations.

The agency has received the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) 2016 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award. The prestigious annual award, also known as System of the Year, reflects accomplishments made between 2013 and 2015.

Those accomplishments include growing ridership, expanding access, advances in sustainability and overall success in system safety. Metro Transit was selected among agencies from across North America that provide more than 20 million annual passenger trips.

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