National Facts

  • Americans have averaged close to three trillion miles a year, according to the US Department of Transportation -- enough to get to the sun and back more than 16,000 times.
    Perks, Rob and Craig Raborn. Driving Commuter Choice in America: Expanding Transportation Choices Can Reduce Congestion, Save Money and Cut Pollution, 2013.
  • In 2012, the US transportation system moved a daily average of about 54 million tons of freight valued at nearly $48 billion...The value of freight moved is expected to increase faster than the weight, rising from $882 per ton in 2007 to $1,377 per ton in 2040 when controlling for inflation.
    Freight Facts and Figures 2013, US Department of Transportation, 2013.
  • Communities that invest in public transit reduce the nation's carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually: equivalent to New York City; Washington, DC; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined stopped using electricity. 
    American Public Transit Association, 2014.
  • Only 2 out of the 20 largest cities in the US are without a major capital investment in transit such as rail or premium bus service: Tampa and Detroit.
    St. Petersburg Times, “Engine Behind Commuter Rail Changes in Tampa, Florida”, October 2006.
  • Increased investment in transit will stimulate the economy, create jobs and provide greater access to employment, education, and medical and social services.
    American Public Transit Association, 2007.