Public Transportation and the Nation's Economy

What is the role of Public Transportation in the US economy? How does that differ from its local economic benefits? To clarify these issues and provide guidance for decision-makers, the American Public Transportation Association hired Cambridge Systematics and Economic Development Research Group to develop a model approach and guidebook.

The report covers a wide variety of factors including roles of public transportation in reducing highway congestion, fuel use and parking needs, as well as roles of public transportation in supporting construction, manufacturing and operations jobs. Impacts on business activity, personal income and public taxes were calculated, using a regional economic model.  The role of EDR Group was to develop the analytic methodology and illustrate its use.

See the original 1999 APTA report : Public Transportation and the Nation's Economy

See the newer 2009 APTA report: Economic Impact of Public Transportation Investment

Link to the APTA web site