May 15, 2015

National Dump the Pump Day

June 18, 2015

Save Money. Ride Transit.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and public transportation systems across the country will be celebrating the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 18, 2015, to highlight fluctuating gas prices and that using public transportation is a great alternative to driving to help save people money.

When gas prices are high, many people park their cars and take public transportation instead. In fact, using public transportation is economical, if it is available. According to APTA's most recent Transit Savings Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $9,394 a year by downsizing to one car.

Quick Facts

  • In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation—the highest in 58 years.
  • Since 1995, public transit ridership is up 39%, outpacing population growth, which is up 21%, and vehicle miles traveled, which is up 25%.
  • People board public transportation 36 million times each weekday.
  • Public transportation is a $61 billion industry that employs more than 400,000 people.
  • More than 7,200 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.

Public Transportation Helps People Save Money

  • Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices.
  • According to APTA’s Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $9,394 a year by downsizing to one car.
  • Public transportation provides an affordable, and for many, necessary, alternative to driving.

Public Transportation Provides Economic Opportunities & Drives Community Growth and Revitalization

  • Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns.
  • Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs.
  • Every $10 million in operating investment yields $32 million in increased business sales.
  • From 2006-2011, residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service.

Public Transportation Saves Fuel and Reduces Congestion

  • Public transportation has a proven record of reducing congestion.
  • The latest research shows that in 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas.
  • Without public transportation, congestion costs in 2011 would have risen by nearly $21 billion from $121 billion to $142 billion in 498 urban areas.

Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption

  • Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
  • Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit.

Public Transportation Reduces Carbon Footprint

  • Public transportation use in the United States reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. This is equivalent to Washington, DC; New York City; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined stopping using electricity.
  • One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.
  • A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10 percent and up to 30 percent if he or she eliminates a second car.

Public Transportation Enhances Personal Opportunities

  • Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life.
  • Access to public transportation gives people transportation options to commute to work, go to school, visit friends, or travel to a doctor’s office.
  • Public transportation provides access to job opportunities for millions of Americans

Resources

  • Use this fuel calculator to compare the price of using public transportation with the price of paying at the pump and then parking your car in town!
  • Or use this carbon saving calculator to help estimate the potential reduction of carbon dioxide emissions you can achieve by switching part or all of your travel to public transportation!
  • Use the monthly APTA Transit Savings Report to show how much public transportation is helping people save money – on a national level and in 16 cities, including San Francisco!

For more information, visit www.apta.com.