mass transit
–noun
a system of large-scale public transportation in a given metropolitan area, typically comprising buses, subways, and elevated trains.

Mass transit is an alternative form of transit that helps protect the environment, reduce emissions exhausted into the atmosphere, and in the end helps you to get where you need to go on time in the most efficient way possible.

In the late 19th century, mass transit was adopted by many larger cities to help circumvent increasing traffic problems. During the 1950's through the 1980's the United States witnessed an outward movement from our city's cores to the suburbs. Now that cities are attempting to once again push mass transit as an alternative many are beginning to oppose it for the suburban ideals of the 1950's.

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There isn't a single public mass transit system in America in which fares paid by the passengers cover the cost of their own rides.
With the exception of toll roads, name a road in America in which fares paid by the passengers cover the cost of their own rides? Over the course of time rail transit is cheaper since roads have to be repaved, widened, and upgraded, not to mention the wear and tear on automobiles and the environmental impact from having to get rid of those outdated vehicles.
People say that paying for transit is a waste of money. But what is the real economic impact of transit?
Every $1 invested in public transportation projects generates from $4 to $9 in local economic activity.

Transit costs a lot much more per mile than a road. Why not save money and build more roads?
Every $10 million invested in public transportation saves more than $15 million in transportation costs, for both highway and transit users.

It is estimated that every $10 million in capital investment in public transportation yields $30 million in increased business sales, and that every $10 million in operating investment in public transportation yields $32 million in increased business sales.

Does public transit bring down real estate values?
No way! Real estate -- residential, commercial or business -- that is served by public transportation is valued more highly by the public than similar properties not as well served by transit.

Will transit bring crime to my neighborhood?
No. You are just as safe having a transit stop near your house as you are having a road in front of it. Studies show that there is virtually no change in crime rate after a transit station is built.

My city is sprawled out of control alread. I don't see how a transit option like light rail could be supported in my city.
The question isn't population density but the travel density in an area. Ever get stuck in mile long traffic jams or slow moving traffic on your way to work? Transit options such as light rail could provide you with a much quicker way to work and even to the grocery store.

Does mass transit help create cleaner air?
Most certainly! A single person using mass transit instead of driving their car would save an average of 200 gallons per year of fuel. That's one less car off the road and plenty of room on the bus or train for others to do the same.

No one that is used to driving everywhere is going to want to switch to a mass transit alternative.
It is correct that automobiles aren't going anywhere, but what about the thousands of new cars and drivers being put on the roads every day. Current thorougfares certainly aren't going to handle the extra traffic forever and widening or adding roads to a system is more expensive than rail transit long-term.