More Transit = More Jobs

How do you create 180,000 new jobs without spending a single extra dollar?

The new report “More Transit = More Jobs,” by the good folks at Transportation Equity Network, has the answer.

If the country’s top 20 metro areas shifted half their highway spending to transit, they’d create 1,123,674 new transit jobs over a five-year period — for a net gain of 180,150 jobs over five years.

That’s nothing short of amazing.

So, who’s doing a good job already? Here are the Top Five (and Bottom Five) cities ranked by the percentage of overall transportation spending they direct toward transit:

1. New York, NY

2. Honolulu, HI

3. Portland, OR

4. Philadelphia, PA

5. Kalamazoo, MI

The Bottom Five?

1. Minneapolis, MN

2. Boston, MA

3. Atlanta, GA

4. Denver, CO

5. St. Louis, MO

Read the full “More Transit = More Jobs” report. Great stuff in there!

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