Does public transport infrastructure create more jobs than roads?

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It is important taxpayer money is invested in projects that will boost our economy, productivity and help create jobs for our communities. While road works do create some jobs in the short-term, studies show that public transport infrastructure creates more jobs — and those jobs are local, diverse and permanent.

"Public transport investment produces almost twice as many jobs per dollar as roadworks."

An analysis of United States federal spending found that funds spent on public transportation were a more effective job creator than those spent on highways. It showed investment in public transportation produced almost twice as many jobs per dollar as investments in roads. Every one billion dollars (USD) spent on public transportation produced 19,299 jobs, compared with only 10,493 jobs if the same was spent on highway road works.

Another study suggested up to 36,000 jobs are created and supported each year for each one billion invested in public transport infrastructure.

"Every direct job in public transport is linked to four jobs in other sectors of the economy."

Public transport infrastructure creates even more related work opportunities on top of these direct jobs. A European study found that every direct job in public transport is linked to four jobs in other sectors of the economy. Additionally, every euro of value created from public transport is linked to a further value creation of four euro in the total economy.

Independent transport consultants Cambridge Systematics found even more benefits from public transport infrastructure. Their study showed 314 quality long-term jobs and a $30 million sales boost for local businesses are created for each $10 million invested in public transport. It also found another 570 short-term jobs are created for each $10 million invested.

 

 

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