How Much do We Spend on Transportation?

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According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, consumers in the Cincinnati Area spent $7,318,876,000.00 on transportation in 2003.

Transportation spending is more than more than consumer spending on:

  • Health Care;                                               $2,357,387,000.00
  • Entertainment;                                         $2,091,539,000.00
  • Apparel and Services;                             $1,635,368,000.00
  • Education; and                                          $   786,467,000.00
  • Life and Other Personal Insurance     $   324,254,000.00
  • Combined                                                 $7,195,015,000.00

Spending less on transportation means having more money to spend on education, entertainment, and the rest of the items listed above.  Spending less on transportation means being able to save more as well.  By investing in increased public transportation we can help our region’s working families get the transportation and access to jobs they need while spending less.  More money will stay in our local economy rather than going to Detroit, Tokyo, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.

The Cincinnati Streetcar, connecting our largest employment centers and major attractions, is a first step towards better public transportation because it provides first hand exposure to the benefits of fixed-track public transit to the region.

The Anti-Passenger Rail Amendment is a giant leap backwards because it will delay public transportation projects and will reduce our ability to receive federal funding, placing Cincinnati at a competitive disadvantage with other cities.

Support Improved Public Transportation—Build the Streetcar.

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According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, consumers in the Cincinnati Area spent $7,318,876,000.00 on transportation in 2003. Over $7 billion per year.

Transportation spending is more than more than consumer spending on:

Health Care;                                         $2,357,387,000.00

Entertainment;                                       $2,091,539,000.00

Apparel and Services;                           $1,635,368,000.00

Education; and                          $   786,467,000.00

Life and Other Personal Insurance         $   324,254,000.00

Combined                                           $7,195,015,000.00

Spending less on transportation means having more money to spend on education, entertainment, and the rest of the items listed above.  Spending less on transportation means being able to save more as well.  By investing in increased public transportation we can help our region’s working families get the transportation and access to jobs they need while spending less.  More money will stay in our local economy rather than going to Detroit, Tokyo, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.

The Cincinnati Streetcar, connecting our largest employment centers and major attractions is a first step towards better public transportation for the region because provide first hand exposure to the benefits of fixed-tract public transit.

The Anti-Passenger Rail Amendment is a giant leap backwards because it delay public transportation projects and will reduce our ability to receive federal funding, placing Cincinnati at a competitive disadvantage with other cities.

Support Improved Public Transportation—Build the Streetcar.

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4 thoughts on “How Much do We Spend on Transportation?

    John Schneider said:
    September 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Hardly any city in America spends more on local transportation than Cincinnati’s region does. That’s because we have no car-competitive choices here. Libertarians who praise the effects of competition in all other aspects of life have been slow to recognize that we have developed a hardened monopoly among modes of transportation here.

    Quimbob said:
    September 9, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Car dependency is pretty much a regressive cost of living “tax”. Fortunately, Cincinnati, being an older city, need not be.

    fpteditors said:
    September 10, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Don’t forget the hidden costs of the auto system which you are also supporting. Drainage problems, traffic congestion, parking, carbon emissions, etc. Here is a list:
    http://freepublictransit.org/index.php?pr=Externalities

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