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According to research at the University of Denver, a diverse transportation network has a wide scale impact on other aspects of life. For example, cities that invest in bicycling, walking and transit in addition to roads are more resilient than those that do not. When gas prices rise, these cities can absorb shifts in commute habits.
In a separate study, cities with higher transit ridership and more transit options are safer on multiple levels. These cities have lower fatality rates than those that do not invest in transit. Further, lower crime rates have been shown in cities with transit-oriented development. Communities have reported increased economic opportunities, reduced poverty concentration, increased urban services and reduced crime.
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