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Free Congress Report Calls for Public Transit Investment

 The Free Congress Foundation’s Center for Urban Policy and Transportation has released a report examining the economic benefits of investing in efficient metropolitan public transportation systems.

APTA sponsored the report, Transportation and the Economic Health and Attractiveness of Metropolitan Regions, written by Free Congress Senior Fellow Dr. Michael Bronzini.

The study considers the growing emphasis on walkable communities providing easy access to social and cultural amenities—and the important role of public transportation in meeting the needs of these communities’ residents. It points to the “broad array of social and economic benefits” spurred by public transit, including increased property values and cost savings by riders.

“Metropolitan transportation investment is needed to support urban revitalization,” the report states. “Shifting urban housing and travel choice patterns, the increasing difficulty of building new major urban highways, and increasing urban population density, mean that much new investment will be in public transportation systems.”

In the broader picture, the report shows how U.S. underinvestment in public transit leaves the nation at a global disadvantage while other countries increase their efforts. Businesses list public transportation access for employees among the qualities they seek when selecting new locations, and evidence shows that strong public transportation systems can bounce back faster following economic hard times.

The text of the report is available online.

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