Seattle Residents Save $12K a Year By Taking Transit

By Erica C. Barnett December 19, 2011

A new report by the American Public Transit Association places Seattle in fourth place on its list of what various cities' residents can save from taking public transit to work instead of driving, behind only San Francisco, Boston, and New York.

Getting rid of one car instead of driving to work and parking saves the average Seattle resident just under $12,000 a year, the APTA report concludes. The report assumes that a household of two people gives up one of their two cars in lieu of driving to work alone.

APTA uses the local average gas price, along with the average cost to park in a city's downtown business district, to calculate annual savings. More information on APTA's methodology for calculating the cost of driving vs. the cost of taking transit is available at their web site.
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