Brit Liggett

Report Says Public Transportation Makes You Skinny

by , 08/20/10

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It turns out that public transportation does more than just lower our impact on the environment — it also has incredible benefits for our health and safety. A new study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) shows that people that live in communities with extensive public transportation networks exercise more, live longer, and are generally healthier than people in automobile-dependent communities.

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Use of public transit simply means that you walk more which increases fitness levels and leads to healthier citizens. More importantly, increasing use of public transit may be the most effective traffic safety counter measure a community can employ,” noted APTA president William Millar. Apparently communities with vast public transportation networks don’t just live longer because of the exercise — they’re also less likely to be the victim of a fatal auto accident. The traffic fatality rate in the Bronx, New York is four in 100,000 contrasted by the traffic fatality rate in auto ridden Miami, Kansas which is 40 in 100,000.

Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute aggregated information for the report, and his conclusion is that we should put more of our money into increasing our public transportation networks. The health and safety benefits of having a great public transportation network can’t be overemphasized, and according to Litman, “A growing portion of households want to rely more on alternative modes and live in more accessible, multi-modal communities.” “Accommodating this demand would provide benefits to users and society, including significant health benefits.” Hooray for the subway!

Via Autoblog Green

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5 Comments

  1. GO Green September 4, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Someone has to build subway cars, trains, and buses. Someone needs to maintain them. Someone needs to lay track and maintain it too. Plenty of blue collar jobs there.

  2. tofbass85 August 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    jeanvaljean says:
    August 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Public Transportation has a negative impact on the auto industry. Ride a subway and put a blue collar worker out of a job. Also yuo can pick your own company as in churches every Sunday Morning!!

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    Those same people can work for the public transit authority, since there would need to be maintenance on the system; daily checks on the rails, and cars, checking the buses. Plus there will always be a need to build the vehicles.

  3. reason not fear August 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    jeanvaljean, I think that most people who ride public transportation probably also own a car (except for NYC maybe). I think what public transportation eliminates is the need for so much gasoline and therefore some of the oil we buy from the volatile Middle East — and that is a good thing. I agree with you. We need good Blue Collar jobs and let’s make as many of them as possible green jobs too.

  4. jeanvaljean August 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Public Transportation has a negative impact on the auto industry. Ride a subway and put a blue collar worker out of a job. Also yuo can pick your own company as in churches every Sunday Morning!!

  5. Ingram August 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Duh. Walk more, drive less, you’re lose weight. We’ve known this like, for what, the entire history of human beings?

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