There are four major benefits of public transportation to Florida: Environmental, Economic, Energy Independence, and Quality of Life (a healthy alternative to fighting traffic congestion).
In coming editions of the Florida Transit Advocate, we will exploring each of these and describing ways that Florida can benefit by bringing its public transportation system into the 21st century. In the meantime, here are some teasers:
Did you know that....
- The total amount of oil spilled in the Gulf was about 200 million gallons. Public transportation saves more than twenty times that, about 4.2 billion gallons each year.
- That's 4.2 billion gallons that the US does not have to import from Venezuela or Arabia.
- In a recent Gallup poll, 33% of drivers with long commutes report neck and back pain/problems.
- Per dollar invested, public transit creates more jobs and economic activity than money spent on health, education, or roads and bridges.
Check out FloridaTransit.org for more facts