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    MEDIA RELEASE 21 April 2004 Rail Transit Benefits Study: New study finds that cities with rail transit systems have significantly less traffic congestion,
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      MEDIA RELEASE
      21 April 2004

      Rail Transit Benefits Study:
      New study finds that cities with rail transit systems have significantly
      less traffic congestion, lower traffic accident rates, and lower consumer costs

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      A new study released today by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute shows
      that rail transit systems can significantly improve transportation system
      performance.

      “Comprehensive Evaluation of Rail Transit Benefits” by Todd Litman analyzed
      the impacts of different types of transit on urban transportation patterns.
      The study found that cities with large rail transit systems have on average:
      · 400% higher per capita transit ridership.
      · 390% higher transit commute mode split.
      · 36% lower per-capita traffic fatalities.
      · 14% lower per capita consumer transportation expenditures.
      · 19% smaller portion of household budgets devoted to transportation.
      · 21% less per capita motor vehicle mileage.
      · 33% lower transit operating costs per passenger-mile.
      · 58% higher transit service cost recovery.


      The study calculates that the additional costs of rail transit systems are
      repaid several times over by economic savings provided to governments,
      businesses and consumers from reduced road and parking facility costs,
      vehicle cost savings, reduced traffic accident costs, and congestion cost
      savings.

      This study critiques 'Great Rail Disasters,' a report published earlier
      this year by Randal O’Toole of the Center for the American Dream, which
      claimed that rail transit investments are not cost effective. According to
      'Comprehensive Evaluation of Rail Transit Benefits,' O’Toole’s report
      failed to correctly categorize transit systems and violated other basic
      evaluation principles.


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      The executive summary is available at: http://www.vtpi.org/railben.htm

      The full report is available at: http://www.vtpi.org/railben.pdf


      For information contact: Todd Litman
      Victoria Transport Policy Institute
      Email: litman@...
      Phone: 250-360-1560
      Fax: 250-360-1560
      Website: www.vtpi.org


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      The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research
      organization dedicated to developing innovative transportation analysis and
      problem solving. The VTPI website (www.vtpi.org) has many resources
      addressing a wide range of transport planning and policy issues.



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      Sincerely,
      Todd Litman, Director
      Victoria Transport Policy Institute
      "Efficiency - Equity - Clarity"
      1250 Rudlin Street
      Victoria, BC, V8V 3R7, Canada
      Phone & Fax: 250-360-1560
      Email: litman@...
      Website: http://www.vtpi.org
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