Get On Board Day - April 25, 2019

Apr 23, 2019

SunLine Transit Agency Joins the American Public Transportation Association for “Get On Board Day” – April 25, 2019

SunLine Transit Agency is participating in “Get On Board Day” on Thursday, April 25th. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2019 National Get On Board Day is a day that encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits it brings to communities. Transit agencies throughout the country will be participating.

Furthermore, SunLine is also taking this opportunity to show the love for their customers by handing out candy and water at some of its highest-traffic stops in the Coachella Valley. Those taking the 111 line eastbound from 9-11am on Thursday morning, April 25, 2019, will be riding the Get On Board Day Celebration Bus – which will be decorated, and riders will have the chance to participate in a transit trivia game and enjoy music by MIX 100.5!

Here are some interesting facts about the benefits of public transportation! Did you know…

• In 2017, Americans took 10.1 billion trips on public transportation.

• 34 million times each weekday, people board public transportation.

• Since 1995, public transportation ridership has increased by 30%—a growth rate higher than the 22% increase in U.S. population.

• Public transportation is a $71 billion industry that employs more than 430,000 people.

• 6,800 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.

• 45% of Americans have no access to public transportation.

• Millennials consider public transportation as the best option for digital socializing and among the best for connecting with communities.

• Every $1 invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns.

• Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs.

• Every $10 million in capital investment in public transportation yields $30 million in increased business sales.

• Every $10 million in operating investment yields $32 million in increased business sales.

• 70% of public funding for public transportation flows to the private sector, creating and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs. 

• Home values in areas located near high-frequency public transit performed 42% better than other areas.  

• Hotels in cities with direct rail access to airports raise 11% more revenue per room than hotels in those cities without.

• A person can reduce his or her chance of being in an accident by more than 90 percent simply by taking public transit as opposed to commuting by car.

• Traveling by public transportation is 10 times safer per mile than traveling by automobile. 

• The average household spends 16 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 93% of this goes to buying, maintaining, and operating cars, the largest expenditure after housing.

• A household can save nearly $10,000 by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

• Communities that invest in public transit reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.

• Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life.

• Access to public transportation gives people transportation options to get to work, go to school, visit friends, or go to a doctor’s office.

• A total of 87% of trips on public transit have a direct impact on the local economy.

• Of all riders, 71% are employed and 7% are students.

• More than two-thirds of riders walk to their stop or station.


So get on board with SunLine Transit Agency!