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Report: More transit means more jobs vs. highway projects

Posted on September 2, 2010

New data released Thursday by the Transportation Equity Network reveals that investment in public transit can create hundreds of thousands more jobs than highway projects.

"More Transit Equals More Jobs" examines official project lists from 20 federally authorized Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and concludes that "if [they] shifted 50 percent of their highway funds to transit, they would generate an additional 184,801 jobs over a five-year period without spending any more money."

"This report reveals just how much more bang we can get for our buck if we invest in transit," said Dan Smith, a transportation associate for U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). "Transit provides important benefits to communities and, with unemployment so high, this is data that should not be ignored."

Previous studies, including examinations of ARRA spending, have consistently found that public transportation creates more jobs than highways. Investment in public transit tends to be more labor-intensive than highway projects because the work is generally more complex, involves the purchase and maintenance of vehicles, and requires much less spending on land acquisition.

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