Reduction in fuel consumption obviously means cleaner air. In fact, a bus emits around 80% less carbon monoxide than a car,
showing that public transport vehicles emit fewer pollutants for every mile traveled. Using public transportation enables
us to save money by more than $2,000 per adult annually. Obviously, this depends on the size of the vehicle and the type of
public transport service, as well as mileage and time of day. Every $10 million investment in public transportation can save
highway and public transportation users more than $15 million.
That investment can stimulate economic growth, and hence, create thousands of jobs. An extension of a public transport
terminal like a train station is usually associated with an increase in the number of stores, shops, and other kinds of businesses.
Many businesses tend to be optimistic that the number of people using the terminal will be higher since they can get more
exposure. Areas surrounding public transport facilities can benefit substantially by getting increased real estate value.
Those are the reasons why huge sums of taxpayer’s funds have been spent by many governments to improve public
transportation in many countries or specific regions. Not only that, but they also have tried to “discourage”
the use of private vehicles by, for instance, limiting parking space and time in areas like Manhattan, New York City, and
requiring cars driven to downtown Jakarta, Indonesia, during rush hours to be occupied by at least three people each.
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