Increased and improved bus and rail service would provide residents with an alternative to driving.
- Although Metrorail handles approx. 727,000 trips and Metrobus handles approx. 426,000 trips daily, many areas are not served sufficiently (or at all) by bus or rail.
- With the region’s growing population, building or widening roads is not an effective transportation solution.
- The Washington, D.C. area continually fails to meet federal Clean Air Act standards; additional ridership would mean less ground-level ozone.
- Contaminants from vehicles and road construction and maintenance activities are washed from roads and roadsides when it rains or snow melts. A large amount of this runoff pollutes local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
- Transit saves money: Insufficient transit options force commuters to incur significant vehicle ownership costs. According to the American Automobile Association, owning a vehicle can increase a household budget by as much as $7,000 or more each year.