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 2/5/2013

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 TTI Report Says Public Transit Saved 865 Million Hours of Delay on Our Nation’s Roads

 Top 40 cities ranked based on hours of delay saved due to use of public transit

Public transportation’s value as one of the solutions to relieving traffic congestion was proven once again by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) 2012 Urban Mobility Report.  The report, which was released today, examines road congestion in 498 United States urban areas in 2011.  As in past years, the data overwhelmingly show the importance of public transportation in relieving traffic congestion.  (See the table below for the top 40 urban areas.)

The 2012 Urban Mobility Report makes clear that without public transportation services, travelers would have suffered an additional 865 million hours of delay and consumed 450 million more gallons of fuel.  Had there not been public transportation service available in the 498 U.S. urban areas studied, congestion costs for 2011 would have risen by nearly $21 billion from $121 billion to $142 billion.

“This report demonstrates how important public transportation is, not only as one of the solutions to reducing traffic congestion, but also in reducing fuel use and travel delays,” said American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “Mayors know that a city’s competitive position is enhanced by reducing congestion and public transportation is a key tool in minimizing congestion.”

“Everyone should support public transportation in their community since it offers many vital benefits,” said Melaniphy.  “For example, by taking a bus or train instead of driving, people can save money, something that is on everyone’s minds as gas prices continue to rise.  Not only does public transportation help people commute to work, the public transit industry offers good, American jobs.”

Public transportation is a $57 billion industry that directly employs nearly 400,000 people.  For every $1 billion invested in public transportation, 36,000 jobs are created and supported.   Public transportation plays an important role in helping people commute to work; nearly 60 percent of all trips on public transportation involve travel to and from job sites.

U.S. public transportation use also produces significant energy-savings benefits.  Each year 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline are saved because Americans use public transportation.  Using public transportation also has environmental benefits as 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions are saved annually.

“This report serves as further evidence that Congress needs to find the funding mechanism to support a long-term surface transportation bill that will increase public transportation service and ensure that our infrastructure needs are met,” said Melaniphy.  “As this report points out, traffic congestion will continue to increase.  We need more public transportation, not less.”

The urban areas listed below had the highest savings in hours of delay due to public transportation use in 2011.  Also, included in the following table are congestion cost savings from public transportation use.

To see the 2012 Urban Mobility Report, go to http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/

 

Hours of Delay Saved Rank

Urban Area

Hours of Delay Saved (Thousands)

Congestion Cost Savings

(Millions of Dollars)

1

New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT

440,647

9,586.8

2

Chicago IL-IN

67,432

1,542.1

3

Boston MA-NH-RI

37,943

809.4

4

San Francisco-Oakland CA

36,714

775.9

5

Washington DC-VA-MD

33,810

711.0

6

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA

32,345

695.0

7

Philadelphia PA-NJ-DE-MD

30,167

     654.9

8

Seattle WA

16,483

           366.5

9

Miami FL

11,589

         248.8

10

Baltimore MD

        11,219

       248.6

11

Atlanta GA

         10,520

             232.2

12

Portland OR-WA

         6,951

             151.1

13

Houston TX

           6,733

             144.1

14

San Diego CA

            6,401

           136.0

15

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX

          6,292

           134.2

16

Denver-Aurora CO

          6,007

            127.1

17

Pittsburgh PA

            5,753

         124.0

18

San Juan PR

           5,309

          113.1

19

Minneapolis-St. Paul MN

            4,152

             86.1

20

Salt Lake City UT

            3,877

              79.6

21

Cleveland OH

           3,432

            72.3

22

St. Louis MO-IL

            2,958

            66.5

23

Phoenix-Mesa AZ

            2,541

          60.6

24

Austin TX

            2,395

           50.6

25

Detroit MI

          2,355

            50.6

26

Cincinnati OH-KY-IN

           2,305

                51.0

27

Las Vegas NV

           2,184

             44.7

28

San Jose CA

            2,097

            42.9

29

Milwaukee WI

            1,922

            41.5

30

San Antonio TX

           1,808

              37.3

31

Sacramento CA

          1,807

          38.5

32

New Orleans LA

             1,748

             40.3

33

Orlando FL

            1,704

             37.7

34

Virginia Beach VA

          1,643

              33.2

35

Buffalo NY

           1,513

              33.3

36

Hartford CT

            1,460

             30.4

37

Riverside-San Bernardino CA

           1,428

           32.1

38

Tampa-St. Petersburg FL

           1,210

          25.5

39

Providence RI-MA

           1,184

              24.2

40

El Paso TX-NM

             1,169

             25.8

 

 

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.  More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.


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