68% of Americans want more transit spending, study says

Posted on September 16, 2014

WMATA photo by Larry Levine
WMATA photo by Larry Levine
As Congress gets into full swing after the August recess, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released a survey that shows the numbers of Americans that support increasing federal public transportation investment grew to nearly 68%. This represents a nearly two point increase over last year. The survey, which was conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) for APTA, also found that nearly 74% of Americans support the use of tax dollars for creating, expanding, and improving public transportation options in their communities.

“We believe Congress should move swiftly on a robust long-term funding plan for the next surface transportation bill, and not wait until the extension deadline of May 31,” said APTA President/CEO Michael Melaniphy. “Americans understand the importance of investing in public transportation because it  is a catalyst to transforming their community.”

Seventy six percent of those surveyed agreed with the statement that public transportation investment can help create jobs and pave the way to a stronger economy. When asked about the affordable transportation options for people, nearly 88 percent of respondents agreed that public transit expands opportunities and provides access to new jobs and careers as well as to medical care, schools, and colleges.

“Research data shows support for increased revenues for public transportation. This support continues to increase because Americans realize that everyone benefits from public transit investments through the economic growth in their community, even if they do not ride it,” said Melaniphy.

The survey by MTI was a result of 1,503 telephone interviews with individuals across the U.S. and the margin of error is minus 2.53 percentage points, at the 95% confidence level.

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