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Riding Transit Saves You $9,330 a Year

Riding transit saves thousands of dollars a year.

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Save thousands of dollars a year by riding transit. See a list of the cities with the highest average savings from riding transit below.

On average, you can save $778 a month or $9,330 a year riding transit. Transit riders in New York City, however, save $1,159 a month ($13,906 a year) on average (the most).

Additionally, riding transit is one of the best things you can do to make the air and water cleaner and to stop rapid, catastrophic climate change.

“U.S. public transit ridership saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually,” American Public Transportation Association President William Millar says.

“Taking transit… is something we all can do in response to the BP oil disaster,” says Ann Mesnikoff, the Sierra Club’s Green Transportation Campaign Director. “Public transportation is key to ending our dependence on oil and reducing our global warming pollution.”

Here’s the list of the 20 cities where you save the most money riding transit.

Top Twenty Cities – Transit Savings Report

Rank City Monthly Savings Annual Savings
1 New York $1,159 $13,906
2 Boston $1,040 $12,481
3 San Francisco $1,026 $12,309
4 Chicago $955 $11,463
5 Seattle $946 $11,346
6 Philadelphia $934 $11,203
7 Honolulu $902 $10,824
8 Los Angeles $847 $10,163
9 San Diego $834 $10,009
10 Minneapolis $828 $9,938
11 Portland $811 $9,736
12 Denver $811 $9,727
13 Cleveland $808 $9,701
14 Baltimore $789 $9,465
15 Washington, DC $759 $9,107
16 Miami $756 $9,067
17 Dallas $736 $8,834
18 Las Vegas $726 $8,712
19 Atlanta $725 $8,694
20 Pittsburgh $685 $8,218

*Based on gasoline prices as reported by AAA on 6/16/10.

Transit savings are “based on the June 16, 2010 national average gas price and the national unreserved monthly parking rate.”

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