OHERN creates jobs and fosters sustainability

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) estimates that 24,000 jobs are created for each billion spent on capital investment on public transit.

The APTA found that in cities like Austin, TX where both bus and rail were available to commuters:

Per year, riders saved:

  1. 4,400 miles of driving

  2. 223 gallons of gas

  3. 273 hours stuck in traffic

  4. $10,000 in fuel and maintenance costs

  1. Transportation accounts for more than 30% of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S.

  1. Taking public transit saves 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from going into the air each year.

  1. A single suburban commuter switching his or her commute to rail will reduce about 5,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Creating Jobs and Fostering Sustainability

Investments in passenger rail and public transit create new jobs that expand opportunities for the over 200 in-state firms that produce goods and services for railroads, rail transit and buses; and will attract new industry to Ohio.  

Implementing the OHERN plan will require materials for upgrading rail lines, building stations, installing signal systems and the manufacturing of rolling stock; items that Ohio manufacturers can help supply.   New jobs will result from meeting these needs and operating the trains running over the statewide network.

Train stations will become focal points of community development or redevelopment, particularly where they are accessible by local or university based transit and good bicycle and pedestrian access.   Rail stations have successfully attracted investment in adjacent or nearby retail business and residential construction in many communities across the US, where there is a synergy between good public transportation, both local and intercity, with economic growth and prosperity.  This phenomenon is increasingly recognized as a key element in maintaining economic and social competitiveness in attracting new business, industry and population growth.

The OHERN rail system offers a travel alternative to students and the general public that will significantly reduce greenhouses gases.   Rail travel is more energy efficient that auto or air travel and increased travel by train will also reduce demand for parking spaces at college and university campuses, having both economic and environmental benefits to higher education institutions and the communities where they are located.   Recent trends show a decline in the number of young people who own automobiles or drive; and a corresponding increase in preference for travel options that include intercity rail and bus, good local transit, bicycling or walking.  These trends all contribute to sustainability.

Sustainability refers to more than the environment.  The concept applies to business as well.  Sustainability in business refers to the creation of longterm value through the maximization of opportunities and minimization of risks.  The OHERN Plan makes good business sense by adding a travel choice for Ohioans that lowers per-person, per-mile cost, is safer to use and far less costly to maintain when compared to travel by air or automobile.

             OHERN Institute  •  Bowling Green, Ohio 43402  •  A Research Division of All Aboard Ohio