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Transportation Facts

Posted by Content Coordinator on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010


  • 314 jobs are created for each $10 million invested in transit capital funding and more than 570 jobs are created for each $10 million invested in shorter projects.
  • American families spend 18% of their household budgets on transportation, making it the second largest household expenditure after housing.
  • Building more roads isn’t always the answer to this growing problem. Each of the cities in the TTI study would require an average of 37 more lane miles to keep pace with just one year of increased traffic demand.
  • For every passenger mile traveled, public transportation is twice as fuel-efficient as private automobiles, sport-utility vehicles, and light trucks.
  • Given the task of doling out the money for transportation improvements, AAA members said they would spend $100 in the following manner: $19.97 – new roads; $39.74 – maintenance and/or expansion of existing roads; $28.76 – Public transit (bus, train, light rail, park & ride) and $11.54 – bicycle and pedestrian projects.
  • If one in 10 Americans regularly used transit, U.S. reliance on foreign oil could decline by more than 40%, or nearly the amount of oil imported from Saudi Arabia each year.
  • The top ten metro areas where transportation takes the biggest bite out of household budgets are: Tampa, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft-Worth, San Diego, Cleveland, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis.

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About Center for Transportation Excellence
“The Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE) is a clearinghouse for information in support of quality transportation choices. CFTE is committed to two main objectives: (1) defending the merits of transit and (2) equipping local leaders with the information they need to be successful with their public transportation initiatives and ballot measures.”

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