Raise my taxes please! Evaluating household savings from high quality public transit service


Todd Litman

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planning - service rationalisation


This report uses data from U.S. cities to investigate the incremental costs and benefits of public transit service improvements. It indicates that high quality service typically requires about $268 in additional subsidies and $104 in additional fares annually per capita, but provides vehicle, parking and road cost savings averaging $1,040 per capita, plus other economic, social and environmental benefits. This indicates that residents should rationally support tax increases if needed to create high quality public transit systems in their communities.