February 26, 2013

Denver RTD earns high ranking in mobility report

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) has continued to receive high rankings in recent reports on public transportation investment, ridership, and safety.

Denver was recently ranked among the top 40 cities in the 2012 Urban Mobility report, released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, based on hours of delay saved because of the use of public transit. The report also concluded that public transit saved 865 million hours of delay on U.S. roads.

The 2012 Urban Mobility Report released earlier this month 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.

You can view the 2012 Urban Mobility Report here.

Also, according to U.S. News and World Report’s latest ranking of the top 10 U.S. cities for public transportation, Denver took the number one spot. The ranking takes into account per capita spending on public transportation, number of safety incidents per million trips, and the number of trips taken per capita.

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