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Measuring the impacts of transit infrastructure

Understanding how transit drives macroeconomic, equity, workforce, and environmental outcomes.

Federico E. Garcia

Federico E. Garcia

Managing Director, Tax, Economic & Valuation Services, KPMG US

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Analyzing economic, equity, and environmental impacts

Public transit systems have seen significant declines in ridership and revenue during COVID-19 pandemic, but they remain vital to local, state, regional, and national economies.

It is important to understand how transit drives economic, equity, workforce, and environmental outcomes, and how Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs), Departments of Transportation (DOTs), and other agencies can leverage Federal funding to spur economic recovery in the short-term and transformational growth in the medium- and long-terms. 

KPMG and Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) collaborated to explore these issues using the REMI model and rigorous quantitative analysis. 

Measuring the Economic, Equity, and Environmental Contributions of Transit Infrastructure
Macroeconomic, equity, workforce, and environmental contributions

This project conducted analysis on the benefits of transit investments:

  • Economic growth with a focus on the productivity and job growth from transit efficiencies
  • Equity and workforce development benefits, including access to work and workforce training for lower-income and disadvantaged individuals and higher labor force participation
  • Environmental benefits from the reduction in carbon emissions and air pollutants