For most Americans, transportation takes a big bite out of their budget. And with gas in short supply across the southeast and increased economic concerns, people are watching every dollar they spend.
Recent statistics show more people are turning to public transportation than ever before. According to the American Public Transportation Association, public transit ridership reached the highest level in 50 years in 2007 and has already seen a 5.2 percent increase in 2008. Studies have shown that by taking public transportation instead of using a second or third car, the average household could save about $9600 a year. In addition to being cheaper, public transportation also uses less energy and is six to ten times more efficient than a private vehicle.
To find out how much you can save, the APTA offers an online calculator at http://www.apta.com.
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