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Lack of transportation is hurting our health

Three reports released this week show the detrimental effects traffic congestion, long commutes and even our roadways have on our health, safety and wallets. The results seem to underscore the need for more public transit, but will they have any impact?

Commuter transit effectiveness ranked as need only grows

The release this week of a Brookings Institution report, which reviewed metropolitan transit systems across the U.S., was widely reported, with many newspapers noting their city’s rank. With House Republicans discussed cutting public transit funding even further in 2012; ridership rising due to gas price spikes; and Congress debating taking tax breaks for oil companies off the table, the timing was interesting.

Would growing ridership hurt or hinder transit agencies?

In a study released earlier this week, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) predicted that public transportation ridership would grow to record numbers as gasoline prices continue to spike.

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