Accessibility

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.

To view the full report, click here.

 

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Conn. magnet school students create paratransit app

MT4D will help people with disabilities use ADA paratransit companies to get from point A to point B with minimum problems as possible.

MARTA to layoff 371 paratransit workers

The announcement comes after officials voted in favor of hiring a private company to provide paratransit service last November.

Calif. students use of dial-a-ride leaves seniors stranded

While residents who depend on the transit service are frequently denied rides, nearly 300 students use the transport daily.

D.C. wheelchair users say they are forgotten in blizzard

With large snow banks everywhere, an open curb usually is the only way a wheelchair user can get on or off the sidewalk.

Pa. agency to add 11 wheelchair-accessible vehicles

The vehicles are set to be in operation in the next four to five months and will be added to the Westmoreland Transit Authority’s current fleet of 60-plus vehicles operated by National Express Transit

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)



More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close