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Vacationers Prefer to “Travel Like a Local” Using Public Transportation

July 16, 2014 Comments off

Vacationers Prefer to “Travel Like a Local” Using Public Transportation
Source: American Public Transportation Association

As the summer travel season kicks off, 124 million Americans are planning to vacation in a U.S. city, continuing a trend from recent years. The American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) annual “Travel Like a Local” Summer Travel Survey reports that public transportation will be highly utilized by these travelers looking for the most cost effective and worry-free form of transportation – especially Millennials and adults under 45.

According to the survey, more than half (58 percent) of those visiting U.S. cities plan to utilize public transportation for at least one activity. More than a quarter of these travelers say the availability of public transportation impacted their decision to travel to a particular city.

Among Millennials (18-34) and adults under 45, 67 percent confirmed that they plan to use public transportation during their trip to a major U.S. city or metropolitan area this summer. According to the travel survey, public transportation options make travel more cost effective and stress free for all ages. Seventy-four percent of travelers will use public transportation because it is less expensive than taxis or rental cars, with 73 percent saying public transportation relieves them of the worry of finding parking.

APTA’s survey found that two out of five vacationers will use public transportation to experience restaurant dining and local nightlife, while also continuing to use it during the day for general sightseeing and shopping.

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A New Partnership: Rail Transit and Convention Growth

July 16, 2014 Comments off

A New Partnership: Rail Transit and Convention Growth (PDF)
Source: American Public Transportation Association

This joint report produced with the U.S. Travel Assocation examines how cities with rail stations connected directly to airport terminals can realize increases in hotel performance. The report compares six cities with direct rail access from their airport terminal to five cities without. The analysis found that from 2006-2013, hotels in the cities with direct rail access brought in 10.9% more revenue per room than hotels in those cities without.

The Role of Transit in Support of High Growth Business Clusters in the U.S.

July 1, 2014 Comments off

The Role of Transit in Support of High Growth Business Clusters in the U.S. (PDF)
Source: American Public Transportation Association

This study addresses issues of business productivity, market access and transit service for America’s Innovation Districts. The study draws on eight high-growth knowledge-oriented business clusters and their transportation conditions in six US cities to provide an estimate of the total national income and employment consequences of congestion and how investment in public transportation maintain competitiveness.

Record 10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2013

March 11, 2014 Comments off

Record 10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2013
Source: American Public Transportation Association

In 2013 Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 57 years, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This was the eighth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide. While vehicle miles traveled on roads (VMT) went up 0.3 percent, public transportation use in 2013 increased by 1.1 percent.

Up to 480,000 High-Skilled Jobs Are at Risk Due to Congestion

December 9, 2013 Comments off

Up to 480,000 High-Skilled Jobs Are at Risk Due to Congestion
Source: American Public Transportation Association

According to findings in a study released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), companies located in the nation’s most productive regions need additional public transportation to reach their full employment potential.

The report, The Role of Transit in Support of High Growth Business Clusters in the U.S., conducted by the Economic Development Research Corporation and commissioned by APTA, projects that 480,000 new jobs representing $32 billion per year in income will be at risk due to congestion by 2040. The study was released at a U.S. Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by the Congressional Public Transportation Caucus.

The study examines the key high-growth and high-tech business clusters in the United States and analyzes the impact transportation access constraints have on eight areas. They are: “Medline” area in Atlanta, GA; Kendall Square in Boston, MA; Route 128 Technology Cluster in Burlington, MA; Mid-Town and South of Market, San Francisco, CA; Silicon Valley, CA; Deerfield, IL; Technology Center, Denver, CO; and South Lake Union, Seattle, WA.

Cities with Rail-to-Airport Connection Boost Hotel Revenue

November 22, 2013 Comments off

Cities with Rail-to-Airport Connection Boost Hotel Revenue
Source: American Public Transportation Association/U.S. Travel Association

Several American cities have a secret weapon to attract business travelers and lucrative meetings and conventions – a rail line to the airport terminal. According to a study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the U.S. Travel Association, hotels in cities with direct rail access from downtown to airport terminals receive nearly 11 percent more revenue per room than hotels in cities without a rail airport connection.

The jointly released study, A New Partnership: Rail Transit and Convention Growth, shows that higher revenue per room translates to a potential $313 million in revenue per year for “rail cities” – cities which have direct rail access to airport terminals. In the post-recession period, rail cities commanded 16 percent higher revenue per room than hotels in non-rail cities.

According to the study, hotel properties located within ¼ mile of a rail station performed even better than those outside of that radius. These hotel properties averaged a nearly 50 percent higher (48.6 percent) daily room rate and a 12.5 percent higher occupancy rate.

Millennial Generation Desires Multi-Modal Transportation System

October 4, 2013 Comments off

Millennial Generation Desires Multi-Modal Transportation System
Source: American Public Transportation Association

The largest generation in U.S. history and the most multi-modal could be a game changer for public transporation and America’s transporation network as a whole. The millennial generation chooses the most practical transportation mode (driving, public transit, biking or walking) for each trip, and this flexible concept of mobility is spreading. According to the study Millennials and Mobility, nearly 70 percent of millennials, people 18 to 34, use multiple travel options several times or more per week.

The study, which was released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), shows that while car-sharing, bike-sharing, walking and car ownership will all play a part in the multi-modal network, public transportation is ranked highest as the best mode to connect to all other modes, according to 54 percent of millennials polled. APTA officials note that the recent trend of smartphone applications allow public transit users to be increasingly spontaneous and flexible with their travel decisions. This is a game changing element because it closes the gap with the perceived benefit of auto use.

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