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NCRTD Joins Transit Systems Nationwide for Get on Board for Public Transit:  Mayor Daniel Barrone Joins-In and Drives the Bus in Taos


Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2019 National Get on Board day encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits it brings to communities. Each weekday in the U.S., 34 million people board public transportation.

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides fare-free and premium fare public transit service to an area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Taos, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe; the Cities of Santa Fe and Española, the Village of Chama and the Towns of Taos and Edgewood; as well as the Pueblos of Pojoaque, Ohkay Owingeh, Nambé, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Tesuque, Taos, Picuris and the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

Some facts that the benefits of public transportation include, the following; public transportation transforms communities and the lives of the people living in them by spurring economic development, promoting sustainable lifestyles and providing a higher quality of life. Every segment of American society— individuals, families, communities, and businesses—benefits from public transportation.

Take a look at the quick statistics.

In 2017, Americans took 10.1 billion trips on public transportation.

34 million times each weekday, people board public transportation.

Since 1995, public transportation ridership has increased by 30%—a growth rate higher than the 22% increase in U.S. population.

Public transportation is a $71 billion industry that employs more than 430,000 people.

6,800 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.

45% of Americans have no access to public transportation.

Millennials consider public transportation the best option for digital socializing and among the best for connecting with communities.

GET ON BOARD for Economic Opprotunities.

Every $1 invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns.

Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs.

Every $10 million in capital investment in public transportation yields $30 million in increased business sales.

Every $10 million in operating investment yields $32 million in increased business sales.

70% of public funding for public transportation flows to the private sector, creating and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Home values in areas located near high-frequency public transit performed 42% better than other areas.

Hotels in cities with direct rail access to airports raise 11% more revenue per room than hotels in those cities without.

GET ON BOARD for a Safer Way to Travel.

A person can reduce his or her chance of being in an accident by more than 90 percent simply by taking public transit as opposed to commuting by car.

Traveling by public transportation is 10 times safer per mile than traveling by automobile.

GET ON BOARD for Saving Money.

The average household spends 16 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 93% of this goes to buying, maintaining, and operating cars, the largest expenditure after housing.

A household can save nearly $10,000 by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

GET ON BOARD to Reduce Gasoline Consumption.

Public transportation’s overall effects save the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.

GET ON BOARD for a better environment.

Communities that invest in public transit reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.

Did your Transit Agency Participate in GET ON BOARD DAY? If so, Send your stories and photos to swright@swta.org, so we can share them with our SWTA members!

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