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Advantages of taking public transit over driving

Interracial group of young people using public transport and talking to each other.

If you’re like most Americans, chances are you commute alone to work on a daily basis. Approximately 75 percent of workers drive their own motor vehicle to work. But when you consider the time spent in bumper-to-bumper traffic, skyrocketing cost of gas and the inevitable costs of wear and tear on your car, why aren’t more people taking advantage public transit?

Imagine how productive, or relaxing, your morning commute would be if you took the bus or train to work.  You could get caught up with emails, read the news, read a book, listen to music or even take a quick nap. Those are just a few of the perks that come with leaving your car parked at home. If you need more reasons to consider using public transportation, keep the following in mind.

  • Save on cost of owning a car. The cost of buying, driving and maintaining a vehicle can quickly add up. The average household spends almost 16 cents of every dollar on car-related costs.
  • Help create more jobs. When more people use public transit, more money is invested in it – and every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates 36,000 jobs.
  • Preserve our limited fuel supply. Using public transit helps save more than four billion gallons of gasoline in the U.S. every year.
  • Reduce everyone’s time on the road. Public transit gets more cars off the road, which means less traffic. This prevents drivers from being stuck in traffic an additional 796 million hours.

To learn about more advantages of using public transit, visit the American Public Transportation Association’s website at

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