A study for Metro Portland found that VMT per capita was reduced by 12 miles per day when citizens lived in areas with good transit and mixed use living versus suburban areas. Auto ownership was also reduced. In both cases household costs can be drastically reduced.
Did you know? Since 1990, trips taken by transit have increased 11.5%. 75% of that increase has come from rail modes including, commuter, light and heavy rail. Light rail has made big gains at 117% over 1990 levels and Heavy Rail has increased ridership by 462 million trips which is roughly 1.3 million trips per day.
This one-page cheat sheet compares transit types from heavy rail to express bus on cost per mile, operating speeds, power source, and more. Real-world examples and photos make this an easy illustration for comparison purposes.