Public Transit Impacts Economic Development by:
- Providing employment opportunities with the transit system itself.
- Contracting with local vendors for fueling, maintenance and other support functions.
- Supporting entrepreneurs such as local taxi companies and intercity carriers.
- Benefiting local businesses by providing access for residents and visitors, both of which represent additional customers.
- Increasing attractiveness of the area for tourists and potential employees or employers.
- Allowing elderly residents to remain in the community by linking them to health care institutions, social services and recreational opportunities.
- Facilitating more cost effective centralization of facilities and services which can be accessible to all residents.
- Achieving economic self-sufficiency by enabling unemployed and underemployed workers to access job and employment training opportunities.
- Allowing transportation benefits for current students.
- Linking the economies of rural areas with those of more prosperous urban areas.
- Enhancing the effectiveness of public and human service programs through the efficiencies generated by transportation coordination.