“Government funding for transit doesn’t just stimulate the economy by moving people around. It furthers social justice through access for all. It helps make our world safer,” according to Cap’n Transit (via Streetsblog Network).
Cap’n Transit makes the case that investing in transit, and making it accessible to all should always be a government priority, and even more so in difficult economic times.
I like the heading for this blog:
“Here are some reasons to get people to shift from cars to transit:
- Reducing pollution
- Increasing efficiency
- Reducing carnage
- Improving society
- Mobility for all”
Any one of these five reasons should make it clear to government officials that investing in car infrastructure is antiquated, counterproductive, and essentially throwing money away while money spent on transit projects is smart, resourceful, and sustainable.
Some additional reasons to move from cars to transit:
- Create twice as many jobs (every billion dollars spent on public transportation produced 16,419 job-months, while the same amount spent on highway infrastructure projects produced 8,781 job-months.)
- More efficient use of space
- We have the technology
- Reduce congestion
- Improve air quality
- Productivity (You can use your iPhone & Blackberry on transit without endangering yourself for others)
Local, state, and federal governments need to use our money wisely and fund all forms of public transportation now!