APTA Promotes Public Transportation Use

In an effort to get more people to ride public transportation, the American Public Transportation Association launched an awareness campaign known as National Get on Board Day.

APTA described its as an education and awareness campaign aimed at emphasizing the significance of public transportation in local communities.
In a news release, APTA said more than 200 public transit agencies hosted activities, events and promotions to highlight the benefits of taking the bus or train.

Among the benefits, APTA said, is saving $837 a month by the average household using public transportation and using just one car.

Surveys have found that about 34 million people take public transportation daily. Although 77 percent of respondents described public transportation as the backbone of a mobile lifestyle just 50 percent said they had access to frequent public transportation service.

APTA said public transportation systems have more than $232 billion in critical projects in need of investment that would stimulate a 4-to-1 return of $928 million in economic activity over the next 20 years.

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