Figure out what it costs you to drive each year. Figure out what you could save by using public transportation for your daily commute. Make an informed choice.
If you are able to eliminate a vehicle in your household, you save an additional $5,716 in car ownership cost (full-coverage insurance, license, registration, taxes, depreciation and finance charge).
Click here to visit the American Public Transportation Association's Transit Savings Calculator.
In 2011, Americans took 10.2 billion trips on public transportation.
35 million times each weekday, people board public transportation.
Public transportation is a $54 billion industry that employs more than 400,000 people.
More than 7,700 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.
Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption
Public transportation’s overall effects save the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually
Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit. This equates to an individual household reduction of 223 gallons per year.
Public Transportation Reduces Carbon Footprint
Communities that invest in public transit reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.
One person switching to public transit can reduce daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.
A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10% and up to 30% if he or she eliminates a second car. When compared to other household actions that limit CO2, taking public transportation can be 10 times greater in reducing this harmful greenhouse gas.