Posted by: loomisisc | May 7, 2010

Honolulu Transit Passengers Save $10,892 Annually

While many drivers lament the regular maintenance and fuel costs to keep their automobile running smoothly, Honolulu public transportation passengers enjoy an annual savings of $10,892, according to a recent report by the American Automotive Association (AAA).

Public transportation passengers in Honolulu save more than the national average of $9,453 and the city is ranked seventh highest in the nation for transit savings. All six of the cities with an annual savings greater than Honolulu have rail transportation services. The savings is based on the purchase of a monthly public transit pass and factoring in local gas prices for May 3, 2010 and the local monthly unreserved parking rate.

Top Twenty Cities- Transit Savings Report - APTA

According to the 2010 edition of the AAA annual report ‘Your Driving Costs’ the cost of owning and operating a vehicle has increased 4.8 percent since last year.  The leading factor was the rise in higher fuel prices.  The 4.8 percent increase, along with higher gas prices compared with this time last year, means that transit riders can now save approximately $762 more in commuting costs annually.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) releases a monthly “The Transit Savings Report” and calculates the average annual and monthly savings for public transit users.  The report examines how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car. To calculate your individual savings with or without car ownership, go to  www.publictransportation.org.

“Taking public transportation provides a safe and affordable way for individuals and families to cut costs,” according to a recent APTA release.  “In addition, local public transit offers a travel option that has an immediate positive impact in reducing an individual’s overall carbon footprint while helping reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.”

The 2010 APTA Rail Conference is scheduled for June 6-9 and invites all rail system personnel, board members, policy makers, suppliers, consultants, and any other personnel involved with rail and fixed guideway design, construction, operations and maintenance.

The conference provides attendees with the most comprehensive learning and networking experience possible. The conference includes a complete slate of technical sessions relevant to the operation, management and maintenance of rail and fixed guideway systems. To learn more about the conference go to www.apta.com.


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