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Washington, D.C. - Americans looking to save some extra money this month don't need to go out less or work extra hours, they can save hundreds of dollars by changing how they get to work. According to the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) September Transit Savings Report, individuals who switch from driving to riding public transportation can save, on average, up to $830 dollars this month, and up to $9,964 annually. These savings are based on the September 12, 2011 average national gas price ($3.649 per gallon- reported by AAA) and the national unreserved monthly parking rate.

"As the economy continues to struggle many of America's workers depend on their local public transit system to get to and from work," said APTA President William Millar. "Public transportation provides a safe, affordable and reliable way to get them where they need to go."

APTA releases this monthly Transit Savings Report to examine how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

The national average for a monthly unreserved parking space in a downtown business district is $155.22, according to the 2011 Colliers International Parking Rate Study. Over the course of a year, parking costs for a vehicle can amount to an average of $1,862.64.

To calculate your savings in both dollars and your carbon emissions, click on the links below: 

http://www.publictransportation.org/tools/fuelsavings/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.publictransportation.org/tools/carbonsavings/Pages/default.aspx