Public transportation in the United States is a crucial part of the solution to the nation's economic, energy, and environmental challenges—helping to bring a better quality of life. In increasing numbers, people are using public transportation and local communities are expanding public transit services. Every segment of American society—individuals, families, communities, and businesses—benefits from public transportation.
- Public transportation includes several modes of transportation including Van pool services, Paratransit services for Senior citizens and people with disabilities, Trolleys, Local Buses, Express Buses, Streetcars, Cable cars, Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail Transit, Commuter Rail, Heavy Rail Transit/ Subways, Monorails and tramways, High Speed Rail, Ferries, and water taxis
- In 2008, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation.
- 35 million times each weekday, people board public transportation.
- From 1995 through 2008, public transportation ridership increased by 38% – a growth rate higher than the 14% increase in U.S. population and higher than the 21% growth in the use of the nation's highways over the same period.
- Public transportation is a $48.4 billion industry that employs more than 380,000 people.
- More than 7,700 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.
Current Transit Planning Efforts
nMotion 2015 is the MTA/RTA's Strategic Plan, a 20-year comprehensive plan designed to meet the Nashville area's vision for transit. The plan will look at how the transit system works today and identify opportunities to enhance the transit system, improve service, attract and retain new riders and meet the growing needs of the Nashville region. Throughout the project, the public will engage in developing the blueprint of actions to make the best opportunities a reality. Find out how to participate here.
The Northwest Corridor Transit Study is a transit based corridor study that will be undertaken in accordance with processes established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). While the FTA no longer requires that applicants complete an Alternatives Analysis (AA) study, following the previously outlined AA process is generally advisable as it will yield products, analysis and information which may be used in further project development. Public input is encouraged during the process.