AHA Endorses Wake County Transit Referendum
Under the leadership of AHA’s Board of Directors, AHA has endorsed the Wake County transit referendum campaign (Moving Wake County Forward) that will launch this month; in doing so, our collaborative joins many organizations, institutions and businesses advocating for support of the Transit Plan and a ½ cent sales tax that will be on the ballot on November 8.
AHA’s primary interest in transit is the health of our citizens in Wake. Wake County already has more than a million residents, and that number is growing by 63 people per day, or roughly, a quarter million in the next decade. This means more traffic congestion that will impact our economy and our high quality of life. With this fully integrated transportation plan we can prepare today for tomorrow’s growth.
Under the Transit Plan, residents will have more options for transportation with 83 miles of frequent bus service and a tripling of overall transit service. 54% of Wake residents will live within walking distance of a transit stop; and 80% of all jobs will be within a ¾ of a mile of a transit stop. Further, all routes will now operate seven days a week and the frequency will increase greatly. Plus, roads will be expanded include dedicated bus lanes to provide reliability and speed for commuters.
Transit Benefits – Fast Facts
- People who live or work in communities with high quality public transportation tend to drive significantly less, and walk and bike more.
- This reduces traffic crashes and pollution emissions, increases physical fitness and mental health, and improves access to medical care and healthy food.
- U.S. Center for Disease Control recommends that adults average at least 22 daily minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, to stay fit and healthy. Less than half of American adults achieve this target, but most public transportation passengers do, walking between transit stops.
- For every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 in economic returns is generated.
- Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates 36,000 jobs.
- Communities that invest in public transportation reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually – that’s the same as if New York City; Washington, DC; Atlanta; Denver and Los Angeles all stopped using electricity.
- Public transportation’s overall effects save the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
(Source: American Public Transportation Association)
WakeUP Wake County has prepared this Fact Sheet to provide more information. AHA partners and others in the community can support Moving Wake Forward by sharing the Fact Sheet and this article, along with upcoming Facebook and Twitter posts.