Join us on April 25, 2019 for National Get on Board Day to show your support for public transportation! Get on Board Day is a new national awareness and advocacy day Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association that is all about generating awareness of and increasing support for public transportation among riders and non-riders alike.
Communities can be transformed through public transportation by stimulating the local economy, increasing employment opportunities, and promoting sustainable lifestyles. All segments of society, including individuals, families and businesses, benefit from public transportation.
VIA offers more than 90 fixed routes, including Express Service from Park & Ride Locations and Transit Centers, and high-frequency routes including three Prímo service. And with the VIA goMobile, you can conveniently purchase your fare and plan your trip.
O Using public transportation also can save you money with year-round with pre-tax commuter benefits. As of January 1, 2019, the IRS allows you to set aside up to $265 per month as a pre-tax deduction or tax-free subsidy for use on public transportation or vanpools.
O A two-person household can save up to $10,174 by riding public transportation.
O The average household spends 16 cents of every dollar on transportation, the most of it going toward buying, maintaining and operating cars.
O Every $1 invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns.
O Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs.
O Home values in areas located near high-frequency public transit performed 42 percent better than other areas.
O Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
O Public transportation use in the United States reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.
O VIA’s new CNG buses reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 97 percent.
O Millennials consider public transportation the best option for digital socializing and among the best for connecting with communities.
O 87 percent of public transportation trips directly benefit the economy by getting people to work and connecting them to local businesses.
O You can reduce the chance of being in an accident by more than 90% simply by taking public transit as opposed to commuting by personal vehicle.
O Traveling by public transportation is 10 times safer per mile than traveling by automobile.