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Twin Cities transit riders can save $890 a month, report says

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: March 24, 2014 - 1:16 PM

The number of people who are riding public transportation is at an all time high as postings on this blog and in Sunday's Star Tribune have reported.

But besides saving time behind the wheel and stress, the American Public Transportation Association is out with its March Transit Savings Report, which shows that that those who ride the bus, light-rail or commuter trains or other forms of mass transit will save an average of $842 this month and up to $10,100 annually.

The report, which is issued monthly to show how one person in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car, based its findings on using the national average price of a gallon of gas of $3.53 on March 19 as listed by AAA and the national unreserved monthly parking rate.

Minneapolis came in at No. 10 on the list of 20 metro areas with the highest public transit ridership.  Transit riders here save an average of $890 per month and $10,684 annually. Here is the complete list and the amount APTA calculated transit riders would save.

 City

 Monthly

 Annual

1

New York

 $1,245

$14,938

2

San Francisco

 $1,100

$13,201

3

Boston

 $1,088

$13,058

4

Philadelphia

 $1,007

$12,088

5

Chicago

 $1,003

$12,040

6

Seattle

 $982

$11,779

7

Honolulu

 $971

$11,657

8

Los Angeles

 $948

$11,375

9

San Diego

 $900

$10,794

10

Minneapolis

 $890

$10,684

11

Portland

$882

$10,582

12

Denver

$875

$10,504

13

Baltimore

$867

$10,405

14

Washington, DC

$843

$10,121

15

Cleveland

$832

 $9,978

16

Pittsburgh

$828

 $9,938

17

Miami

$800

 $9,605

18

Atlanta

$789

 $9,467

19

Dallas

$786

 $9,426

20

Las Vegas

$768

 $9,221

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