Transit Benefits

Public Transportation Moves People in Virginia

Virginians like to be on the move. Unfortunately, they are often finding it more difficult to move easily to work, school, shopping, church and vacation destinations without getting stuck in traffic. Public transportation benefits all Virginians by reducing traffic congestion and increasing mobility.


Without a balanced transportation system, the quality of our life, economy, health, and the environment is threatened.

  • According to the U. S. Department of Transportation, the number of hours per capita that people spend delayed by traffic congestion in 50 metropolitan areas has risen by 95 percent in the last decade.
  • The metro Washington area ranked number two nationally for time spent waiting in traffic. During the same period, the number of trips that people made increased by only 16.9 percent.
  • Public transportation provides important alternatives to improve transportation efficiency. While public transit is clearly an advantage to the Virginians who use it, motorists and the Commonwealth in general also benefit.
  • One of the most far-reaching benefits of public transportation is its contribution to local economies. Public transportation systems spur millions of dollars of economic activity through jobs created, sales and purchases, and the economic activity of transit riders.
  • More than 50 percent of trips on transit are for the purpose of “making a living.”
  • In the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area, Metrorail boasts the second highest usage of public transit in the nation for getting to and from work, exceeded only by the New York City area.

An accessible public transportation system means increased mobility for all citizens. It connects people with jobs, medical facilities, retail establishments, educational institutions, and recreational and tourist sites. Public transportation provides independence for the elderly and disabled which greatly improves their quality of life.

Public transportation is a vital component in ensuring the development of livable communities. Development that relies exclusively on highways causes people to spend more time commuting and more harmful vehicle emissions are released in the environment. By using public transportation to move more people and fewer vehicles, the whole community benefits from a cleaner environment.

It’s time for all Virginians to get moving. Supporting a public transportation that is dependable, reliable, affordable and accessible is essential to keep Virginians on the move.

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