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Benefits of Public Transit

Benefits of Public Transit

Benefits of Public Transit

Taking Public Transportation offers three big ways to win!

The Savings Win

the train running next to a line of car traffic

It's been proven that taking public transportation saves people time and money. When the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) studied urban areas such as Austin - where both bus and rail service are available to commuters - they observed the following:

Per year, riders saved:

  • 4,400 miles of driving
  • 223 gallons of gas
  • 273 hours stuck in traffic
  • $10,000 in fuel and maintenance costs

Oh, and then there's the simple fact that gas prices just seem to keep going up. That's why Capital Metro is your best all around savings solution for your transportation needs.

The Health Win

a man taking his bike off the train

Did you know that the average couch potato walks only about six minutes a day?

Studies have shown that people who use public transportation regularly tend to be healthier than people who don't.

Why? Because of the good exercise they get walking to and from bus stops, rail stations, and their homes and offices. Now, we're not suggesting you walk all the way to work, but making use of Capital Metro will set you apart from the typical automobile commuter by increasing your physical activity to 19 minutes a day or more.

Then there's that one thing doctors keeps telling us: "Find a way to cut your stress level!" When you leave the driving to us, that's one less thing to stress about.

The Green Win

a sign for a kiss-and-ride

Transportation accounts for more than 30% of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. By taking public transit, 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide is saved from going into the air each year. That's a lot!

A single commuter switching his or her commute to Capital Metro will reduce about 5,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually. That savings doubles if a household with two cars makes the switch.

With so many ways to get around using public transit, and for so much less money compared to driving, it just makes good sense to take Capital Metro.

Riding Capital Metro not only helps keep Austin weird, but cleaner. 

Sources: American Public Transportation Association