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What is Public Transportation?

Public transportation includes all multiple occupancy vehicle services designed to transport customers on local and regional routes. These services include; private and public buses; trolleybuses; vanpools; jitneys; demand response services; heavy and light rail; commuter rail; automated guideway transit; cable cars; monorails; tramways; and ferryboats.

Who Uses Public Transportation?

Almost everyone uses public transportation at one time or another. In 2003, Americans took 9.4 billion trips using public transportation. Each weekday, approximately 31 million trips are taken each weekday in the US. After transfers and round trips, more than 14 million people use public transportation. Majority of transportation users are between the age of 19-64; persons under 18 compromise 8%, and riders aged 65 and over comprise 7%. Riders are almost equally divided between men and women.

Where Do People Go on Public Transportation?

Most trips, (54%) allow people to get to and from work. Other uses for public transportation include: School and educational activities: 15%; Shopping: 9%; Social visits to family & Friends: 9%; Medical appointments: 5%; Other Trips: 8%; many trips are taken for multiple reasons.

How large is America’s Public Transportation Industry?

America’s public transportation systems directly employ more than 351,000 workers. More than 139,000 vehicles are in active service within the U.S. public transportation fleet. Of these buses represent 56%; demand response vehicles, 26%; heavy rail cars 8%; commuter rail cars 4%; light rail cars 1%; and all other modes 5%.

How Many Public Transportation Providers Are There in Texas?

Eight metropolitan transit systems, thirty-nine rural transit districts, and thirty-three urban transit districts operate in Texas. For purposes of coordination in Texas, HB 3588 expanded the definition of public transportation to include those systems or private, for-private companies which receive public funds for transportation, even those under a contractual relationship.