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The importance of public transportation is the focus of the 2009 Urban Mobility Report on traffic congestion released by the Texas Transportation Institute.

The Report says public transportation saved 646 million hours in travel time and 398 million gallons of fuel in 2007 alone.  Without public transportation, congestion costs would have risen 16 percent to an additional $13.7 billion since 2005.  The report finds the savings are greatest in the largest urban areas, where transit is most available.

View the report.  The report's congestion data for metro Boston is here.

Public transportation investment is a priority of the Patrick Administration.  Massachusetts is receiving $319 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds over two years for urban and regional transit, including $64 million to improve commuter rail service with projects that will double-track the Haverhill and Fitchburg commuter rail lines.

Governor Patrick also announced the "flex" use of federal stimulus highway funds to support transit, including the innovative $12.8 million Franklin Regional Transit Center project in Greenfield. The transit center will encourage future passenger rail services and has a "net zero" building design to drastically reduce energy use.  Learn more about the Massachusetts Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.

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