Did you know today is National Dump the Pump Day? That’s right, across the country, people just like you are leaving their cars at home and trying out alternative transportation options—like public transportation.
How does my one car make a difference?
Good question! The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has found that if a single commuter switched their commute to public transportation, it could reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10 percent and up to 30 percent if they eliminate a second car.
The benefits even go far beyond that!
- According to APTA’s Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $9,700 a year by downsizing to one car.
- The latest research shows that in 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time.
- Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.