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Save Money This Month ($839 ) With Mass Transit

Looking for ways to save money this year? If you live near public transportation, it is a good time to consider this shared transport option even if you own a car. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has put out its latest Transit Savings Report, in which it found that an individual’s savings by using public transit averaged $10,064 in August. Even if you keep your car, according to this August report, you could see $839 in savings this month… if you’re an average person in one of the 20 cities studied.

Perhaps you are a two person household, and you have two cars — you could consider eliminating one to get that extra ~$2,500 in annual savings. The Transit Savings Report looks at average monthly transit fares in the study cities, average driving costs in the study cities (including insurance, license registration, depreciation, finance charges, and of course August gas prices, which were $3.47 per gallon on average), and more. Full assumptions can be seen via the link above.

DC Metro


One of the costs considered is the average cost of monthly unreserved parking space. According to a 2012 Colliers International Parking Rate Study, monthly costs average $166.26 — that is $1,995 per year. So many better ways to spend money.

Aside from saving money, you will likely enjoy more day-to-day adventure as well. Riding transit allows you to interact more with other members of society (if you wish), and it also allows you to work, read, do something on your smartphone/tablet, or simply relax.

The APTA Report shares: “The top 20 cities with the highest public transit ridership are ranked in order of their transit savings based on the purchase of a monthly public transit pass. The savings also factor in local gas prices for August 14, 2014 and the local monthly unreserved parking rate.” Here’s the list:

City Monthly Annual
1 New York $1,247 $14,963
2 San Francisco $1,102 $13,220
3 Boston $1,087 $13,045
4 Philadelphia $1,002 $12,023
5 Seattle $998 $11,974
6 Chicago $992 $11,910
7 Honolulu $981 $11,774
8 Los Angeles $939 $11,271
9 Portland $897 $10,763
10 San Diego $892 $10,703
11 Denver $878 $10,530
12 Minneapolis $877 $10,528
13 Baltimore $861 $10,334
14 Washington, DC $843 $10,121
15 Pittsburgh $827 $9,925
16 Cleveland $823 $9,874
17 Miami $791 $9,495
18 Atlanta $791 $9,493
19 Las Vegas $781 $9,377
20 Dallas $777 $9,322

For more on methodology, read the full report. You can also calculate your individual savings, with or without car ownership, at:

Another idea is to get your exercise on the way home. Along with taking the metro part of the way, you can avoid congested traffic by bicycling or using an integrated system of transit and bike.

Related Articles:

Public Transportation and Mass Transit are Keys to Smart Cities

How Well Does Your Cities Public Transportation Score?

The Connection Between Mass Transit & Health (Infographic)

Transit Benefits Your Health and Saves Your Life

Individuals Save $9,242 Annually Riding Transit (List of Top 20 Cities)

Image: DC Metro by techne (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license)


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Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)


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