November 4, 2015

The Numbers are in: Nearly 5.3B Trips Taken on Public Transportation in the First Six Months of 2015 

How is public transportation ridership going this year? The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released a report yesterday indicating that nearly 5.3 billion trips were taken in the U.S the first six months of 2015. Nationally, there was a 0.9 percent decrease over the same period last year, representing 50 million fewer trips. But, some public transportation systems like Capital District Transportation Authority (NY) and Metro Transit (MN) reported the highest ridership in their history.

The national decline of ridership could be in response to the drop of gas prices this year. The average price of gas during 2015 was $2.56, a decrease of 29 percent from last year. The APTA president and CEO, Michael Melaniphy maintains a positive outlook. He stated "With a significant drop in gas prices, some people may have returned to driving, but still most people continued their trips on public transportation. Considering the cost of owning and maintaining a car, public transit still offers a great way to save money." Melaniphy is right, not only do you save money but public transit services offer people access to jobs. When, employment goes up ridership is known to increase, because nearly 60 percent of trips are taken for work commutes. For example in Salinas,CA metro area there was an increase of ridership of 9.2 percent when 4,688 jobs were added. On another positive note, ridership on commuter rail systems also increased by 0.3 percent in the first half of the year. Commuter rail in Orlando, FL saw a triple digit increase of 208.7 percent due to the new service starting in May of 2014!

It is projected that public transit ridership will remain steady for the remainder of the year. To find out how much money you can save with Public Transportation visit

Why Should You Be a Voice for Public Transit?
Why Should You Be a Voice for Public Transit?

Driving a small car just 10,000 miles in a year costs about $4,826.
Based on yearly costs of  (1):
Gas and Oil - 4.8 cents per mile
Maintenance - 3.1 cents per mile
Tires - 1.3 cents per mile
Insurance - $1,012
License, registration and taxes - $175
Depreciation - $2,871
Finance charge - $603
Riding a metropolitan city bus all year would cost you $300.
(Based on the purchase of 12 monthly bus passports from a Midwest transit agency at $25.00 each)

The APTA most recent Transit Savings report states that a two person household can save  on the average nearly $9,400.

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Coachcrafters reminds you that there will be a darker work commute now that daylight savings ended on Nov 2, 2015. Whether riding the bus, walking or cycling remember to always be alert. STAY VISIBLE TO STAY SAFE. 

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