Target: Kathryn Wilemon, Councilwoman and Member of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition
Goal: Commend city for establishing its first comprehensive public bus system
Up until recently, Arlington, Texas was America’s largest city without a comprehensive public transit system. That’s all about to change as the city initiates a two-year pilot bus service program.
Arlington has a population of 375,000 people that have to deal with congested freeways in order to commute, but now with the Metro Arlington Express (MAX), pollution and traffic jams will be reduced. The new bus service will also benefit the large student population from the University of Texas at Arlington. MAX will also be creating jobs, as well as stimulate economic development.
According to a new paper set to publish in the academic journal Urban Studies, the hidden economic value of public transportation can range from $1.5 million to $1.8 billion every year, depending on the size of the city. The study also indicated that in all the cities involved, on average, an expansion of public transit resulted in an economic benefit of roughly $45 million because of agglomeration, which is the term for when people collect together in the same place, leading to boosts in job growth and economic productivity.
Hopefully, Arlington’s new public transit system will be retained and expanded after its two-year trial. By signing the petition you will be commending Arlington for finally shedding its reputation as the largest city in America without public transportation.
Dear Councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon,
I commend the city of Arlington, Texas for finally implementing a comprehensive public transit system to serve its 375,000 residents. The new Metro Arlington Express bus service will produce many benefits that include air quality improvement, reduction in traffic congestion especially on the highways that connect to nearby major cities such as Dallas and Fort Hood, job growth, and economic development. I hope that the bus service proves to be indispensable at the end of its two year trial period and will lead to a status of permanence and expansion.
The students of the University of Texas at Arlington finally have the option of riding the bus, which will be for many their only means of transportation. Since Arlington is also home to the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers, MAX will most likely lead to more ticket sales since residents will have more access to stadiums. The new bus service will also surely result in a boost of patrons to the Six Flags resort in Arlington.
Hopefully, Arlington will see the same economic growth as other cities did in a recent academic study on the economic impact of public transit in urban areas. The hidden economic value of Arlington’s new transit system could fall in between the range of $1.5 million to $1.8 billion, according to the findings of the study. Please continue advocating for public transportation in your city.
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