What Are the Benefits of Transit?

Changing demographics and transportation preferences coupled with a need to address significant growth in the Fort Worth region require a renewed look at how transit service can serve the region’s residents, employees, and visitors. The benefits of The T Master Plan extend beyond improving transit service. Transit supports a multitude of community goals.

Transit supports our growing population and economy

By 2035, Tarrant County is projected to increase by 1 million residents.
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Transit reduces congestion

Congestion in the Fort Worth region is projected to increase significantly over the next decades.
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Transit provides an affordable transportation option

Residents in the Fort Worth region spend over 25% of household income on transportation.
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Sources: (1) Biking: The League of American Bicyclists and the Sierra Club. “The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity.” (2) Transit: Uses The T cost of a monthly regional transit pass (times 12 months) (3) Driving: American Automobile Association. “Your Driving Costs.” 2013.

Transit supports changing transportation preferences

The Millennial generation (approximately those born between 1977 and 2003) and future generations expect new and diverse shared mobility options.
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The Millennials are traveling differently
From 2001 – 2009 those aged 16 to 34 took:

SOURCE: Federal Highway Administration, “National Household Driving Trends,” 2001-2009

Transit accommodates an aging population of Baby Boomers

Texas ranks in the top third for senior growth rates in the U.S.
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SOURCE: 2014 Population Projections by Age Group (Table 2) by County.

Transit keeps us healthy

Obesity is a rising epidemic nationally and in the Fort Worth region. [AnythingPopup id=”7″]

SOURCE: Besser, Lilah, and Andrew Dannenberg. “Walking to Public Transit: Steps to Help Meet Physical Activity Requirements.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 29:4 (2005): 273-80.