There are more reasons than ever to take transit and “dump the pump.” The national Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 20 is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and highlights public transportation as a convenient travel option that also help people save money.
Recent APTA studies show that taking public transportation makes sense when it comes to saving money. The average annual savings is $10,160 for a person who gives up a car and switches his or her daily commute to taking public transportation, according to APTA’s June Transit Savings Report. Individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $847 per month.
These savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle. Driving costs include the May 28, 2019, national average gas price ($2.94 per gallon, as reported by AAA) and the national unreserved monthly parking rate.