Today's Date: February 24, 2019

Benefits of Riding Transit

Using Public Transportation Enhances Personal Opportunities

Access to public transportation gives people transportation options to get to work, go to school, visit friends, or go to a doctor’s office.  It also provides increased mobility and freedom for older adults and people with disabilities as well as other cost-saving and lifestyle advantages:

  • Individuals who ride transit to work decrease their overall commuting costs by saving on gas, car maintenance and costly repairs.
  • Many people who ride the bus find it to be a more reliable, safer and less stressful way travel, especially during the harsh winter months.

Employee Transportation Benefits Are Good for Business

Employers who provide transportation benefits for their employees gain many rewards for their company.  Most important, a company can save up to a $335.00 deduction per employee/per month as an ordinary business expense.

Encouraging your employees to take advantage of transit benefits can help your company in other ways, too:

  • Provide more parking space for your customers
  • Demonstrate company support of work-life balance
  • Enhance your corporate image as an environmentally and worker friendly

Communities That Ride Together, Benefit Together

Of course, communities with access to mass transit have less traffic congestion and reduced air pollution, but did you know…

  • Communities that invest in public transit reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually: equivalent to if New York City; Washington, DC; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined stopping using electricity.
  • One person switching to public transit can reduce daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.
  • A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10%, or up to 30% if he or she eliminates a second car. When compared to other household actions that limit CO, taking public transportation can be 10 times greater in reducing this harmful greenhouse gas.

All transit facts provided by the American Public Transportation Association. For more details, visit: