Studies & Reports
Economic Benefits of Public Transportation in Virginia
The economic impacts study examines how existing transit services and operations spending generate economic value to the state. The study utilized data on system performance, capital investments, and operating expenses for all 41 agencies providing transit services in the state, including the Virginia Railway Express commuter rail system and the Virginia portion of the WMATA Metrorail system.
The direct benefits of transit investments were estimated across a range of measures illustrating the comprehensive effects that the transit industry has on the state’s economy. The economic impact of the direct benefits attributed to transit were estimated in terms of employment opportunities created, personal income earned, Gross State Product generated, and tax revenue collected. Study results are presented for statewide impacts as well as for three broad subregions of the state: Northern Virginia Urban Areas, Other Urban Areas, and Rural Areas.