Monday, September 20, 2010

Report Says Public Transportation Makes You Skinny

August 20, 2010
By: Britt Liggit

It turns out that public transportation does more than just 

lower our impact on the environment — it also has incredible 
benefits for our health and safety. A new study released by the 
American Public Transportation Association (APTA) shows 
that people that live in communities with extensive public 
transportation networks exercise more, live longer, and are 
generally healthier than people in automobile-dependent 

“Use of public transit simply means that you walk more which 

increases fitness levels and leads to healthier citizens. More 
importantly, increasing use of public transit may be the most 
effective traffic safety counter measure a community can employ,” 
noted APTA president William Millar. Apparently communities 
with vast public transportation networks don’t just live longer 
because of the exercise — they’re also less likely to be the 
victim of a fatal auto accident. The traffic fatality rate in the 
Bronx, New York is four in 100,000 contrasted by the traffic 
fatality rate in auto ridden Miami, Kansas which is 40 in 100,000.

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