The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation

The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently released “The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation,” a report that addresses how our nation’s current transportation system contributes to today’s soaring health costs and impedes progress toward improving public health. The APHA also released a longer background document for more detail on the research.

According to the report, “Our dependence on automobiles and roadways has profound negative impacts on human health: decreased opportunities for physical activity, and increased exposure to air pollution, and the number of traffic crashes. The health costs associated with these impacts, including costs associated with loss of work days and wages, pain and suffering, and premature death, may be as high as several hundred billion dollars.”

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