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Traffic Talk: Public transportation can ease cost of travel

Don Gammill: If possible, consider the options available to you versus paying higher pump prices for gasoline. Saving money — and fuel — by using public transportation has benefits.
By Don Gammill dgammill@opubco.com Published: February 25, 2013
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Then, a news release from a national transportation agency crossed my path. OK, it came through my email.

“As gas prices rise, savings for public transit riders increase,” the headline said. “Riding public transportation saves individuals $9,917 a year.”

I read on.

“WASHINGTON, D.C. — For those dealing with the 30-cent increase in gas prices from last month, taking public transportation instead of driving can be your Silver Linings Playbook,” the release began. Obviously, the writer didn't live where I do. Remember? The increase in my area was 47 cents a gallon.

Anyway ...

“According to the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) February Transit Savings Report, individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $826 this month, and $9,917 annually. These savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle, which includes the Feb. 12, 2013, average national gas price ($3.60 per gallon, reported by AAA) and the national unreserved monthly parking rate.”

“It's worthy of consideration,” I thought to myself. Public transportation. Ride the bus.

Some public transportation rides are very inexpensive, others are totally free, a veteran rider told me. “And I don't have to get hit riding a bicycle in heavy traffic or buy a horse and buggy,” I thought.

Saving money — and fuel — by using public transportation has other benefits. That makes other journeys affordable.

It's worth considering.

By the way ...

If your city or town has public transportation, check it out and you just might make the ride.

To calculate your individual savings, with or without car ownership, go to www.publictransportation.org.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.


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