Culver CityBus will be celebrating the nationwide “Dump the Pump Day” by offering FREE rides to all passengers on June 18th. This is a day when emphasis is placed on public transportation as a travel option that saves money, is great for the environment, and improves overall traffic circulation for all! With the award winning Best Fleet in North America, find out why our buses are the best.
As gas prices continue to fluctuate, people need to save money. This is a time to increase public transportation service, not decrease it. However, Congress has yet to pass a well funded, long-term, multimodal surface transportation bill that will increase public transportation investment.
From urban to suburban to rural communities, public transportation is a vital resource to Americans, and a cornerstone of our nation’s economy and local economies. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically competitive. Additionally, public transportation offers job access to millions of Americans since nearly 60 percent of trips taken on public transit are work commutes.
Public transportation use reduces our nation’s dependence on foreign oil by 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline a year and it also saves 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually. Last, but not least, public transportation has a proven track record of reducing congestion. The latest research shows that in 2011, U.S. public transportation use saved 856 million hours in travel time, 450 million gallons of fuel, and $21 billion in congestion costs in 498 urban areas.
- In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation – – the highest in 58 years.
- Since 1995 public transit ridership is up 39 percent, outpacing population growth, which is up 21 percent, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which is up 25 percent.
- People board public transportation 36 million times each weekday.
- Public transportation is a $61 billion industry that employs more than 400,000 people.
- More than 7,200 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.
- Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices.
- According to APTA’s Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $9,394 a year by downsizing to one car.
- Public transportation provides an affordable, and for many, necessary, alternative to driving.