Study: Living near public transit lengthens life

If you live in a community near high-quality public transportation, you are more apt to be healthier and live longer. A just released study sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association finds people who live near public transportation drive less and exercise more. Researchers found that overall public transit enhances the quality of life by playing a role in decreasing the risks of the ten leading causes that cut life short. Those include cancer, heart disease and vehicle crashes. The claims of improved health come from studies that show users of public transportation tend to walk more than those who do not use transit. The report’s findings were gathered from several recent studies. The American Public Transportation Association is a group of more than 1,500 members in the bus, paratransit, light rail, subway and community rail industries. To read more, visit