Clean Transport October Transit Savings Report

Published on October 31st, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen


Savings From Choosing Transit = $9,934 Per Year (Average American)

October 31st, 2012 by  

Having one’s own car is ridiculously expensive — and not just in terms of making payments on the car itself, or paying for insurance. Actually operating it, what with the cost of gas fluctuating all over and parking fees in major metropolitan areas (among other things), can be kind of a dealbreaker.

October Transit Savings Report

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has published the October transit savings report, in which you can see exactly how much cheaper public transportation is (not counting the potential peace of mind from not being stuck in endless traffic jams):

The national average for a monthly unreserved parking space in a downtown business district is $166.26, according to the 2012 Colliers International Parking Rate Study.  Over the course of a year, parking costs for a vehicle can amount to an average of $1,995. The cost of the daily downtown daily parking rates increased in 2012 by an average of 1.6 percent or an extra $132 per year compared to the rates in 2011.

And that’s just parking!

All in all, the average American who chooses public transit instead of driving saves about $828 this month, and $9,934 annually. Here’s a list of the top US cities for average transit savings:

   City  Monthly  Annual
1 New York  $1,226 $14,714
2 San Francisco  $1,093 $13,120
3 Boston  $1,069 $12,834
4 Philadelphia  $984 $11,814
5 Seattle  $968 $11,622
6 Chicago  $966 $11,588
7 Honolulu  $953 $11,441
8 Los Angeles  $937 $11,238
9 San Diego  $888 $10,657
10 Portland  $870 $10,435
11 Minneapolis $851 $10,216
12 Denver $844 $10,125
13 Baltimore $839 $10,072
14 Washington, DC $821 $9,847
15 Pittsburgh $805  $9,654
16 Cleveland $789  $9,464
17 Miami $774  $9,283
18 Atlanta $766  $9,187
19 Las Vegas $755  $9,061
20 Dallas $754  $9,047

Head on over to the APTA website for the full story.

Source: APTA
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

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About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.

  • Walking to the train station and from the train station?! Wouldn’t that be like, healthy?

  • Costs for cars abound: car down payment $$$, car payment $$, insurance, license fees, license plate fees, city/township sticker fees, parking fees, gas, maintenance/wear and tear $, etc. , etc, etc. Then there’s the healthcare cost$$$.

    That illusion of freedom by owning a car is really a delusion, because the car owns you.

    • “That illusion of freedom by owning a car is really a delusion, because the car owns you.”

  • Grant

    Public transportation is a great way to save on expenses. If you don’t have access in your area though, you can still save money by offering a spot in your vehicle to another passenger in exchange for a few dollars to cover expenses, or pay someone else to let you ride with them. It’s not quite as good as public transportation, but for areas that lack the infrastructure, it’s a decent way to reduce costs without waiting for your local government to build a light rail. You can find rideshare partners here:

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