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How much could you save if you stopped driving?

Caterina Fake

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) just put out a report showing that the “average person” in 16 of 20 large U.S. cities would save over $10,000 a year by using public transit instead of driving. Across all 20, the average was $10,181. In New York City, the average savings based on APTA’s assumptions come to $15,041.

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  • Paris Marron

    I rode a scooter exclusively for about 9 months in LA. A gallon of gas lasted me about a week, my insurance was something like $20/month, hardly ever had to pay for parking, and even my registration was like $50 for the year. It was a little tough for doing large shopping trips, going out to some place nice (and wearing the accompanying attire on the scooter), or if the weather wasn't great, but overall I loved it.

  • Todd Tyrtle

    We gave up the car when we moved to Toronto ten years ago. When we were searching for a place to live we found that the difference in price between centrally-located apartments and ones way out in the suburbs came down to the monthly cost of our car.

    We've been car-free for over ten years now and it's been fantastic. We love living in a walkable neighbourhood in the middle of everything - and it wouldn't be possible were we to own a car.

  • Craig Ogg

    I am sure I could save more than the $11K average savings for Los Angeles: I have an hour commute each way every day. If the subway gets built while I still work on mid-Wilshire I can give up on my car.