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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Public Transit Can Alleviate Congestion at Growth Installations

  • March 24, 2011
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Spending money on roads is not the only way to address increased levels of traffic congestion around growing military installations, according to a recent article from the American Public Transportation Association.

Alternatives such as expanded transit services, transit benefit programs, bus shuttles and vanpooling should also be considered, concluded a study last month by the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board. Part of the problem is that DOD’s Defense Access Roads program cannot fund public transit improvements.

While transit does not make sense at every base, particularly ones located far from communities with transit systems, San Antonio and El Paso, Texas, Fayetteville, N.C., and central Kentucky are planning to rely on transit to lessen commuter traffic approaching local military installations.

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