Image of TRAXPublic transit is one of the United States most important industries.  Since 1995, it has grown 30 percent, compared to a population increase of only 12 percent and growth in the use of the nation's highways of just 24 percent.  Public transit has experienced growth in ridership across all modes including bus, light rail and commuter rail. 

Public Transit Facts:

  • Americans take 34 million trips a day.
  • In 2006, there were 10.1 billion boardings (up 3 percent from 2005), the greatest usage of public transit in 49 years.
  • More people rode public transit than attended NFL games, MLB games, NBA games, NHL games, NASCAR races, went to the movies, and ate a hamburger from McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's combined.
  • Public transit saves 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline per year.
  • Investing in transit creates jobs and spurs new economic activity at a rate of $6 for every $1 invested.

To learn more public transit facts, go to Transit Studies.

For links to additional transit information, see Industry Links.

All statistics from the American Public Transportation Association. Specifically see: