Ridership at HART is increasing steadily as more people turn to public transportation to save significant amounts of money.
According to the American Public Transportation Association, Americans who used public transportation instead of driving themselves saved more than $800 last month – and can save nearly $10,000 a year.
HART ridership has increased by nearly 3% compared to this time last year, and 1.1 million trips were recorded by HART in June alone. Meanwhile HART is on track for exceeding its annual target for ridership with approximately 14.5 million riders this year, which would be the 4th straight annual ridership record for HART.
That’s not surprising though, because people who are tired of wasting their hard-earned money on gas, toll charges, parking fees, and automotive maintenance can ride the bus as a highly affordable and convenient alternative.
The national average for monthly unreserved parking in American cities is more than $166, according to the 2012 Colliers International Parking Rate Study. Parking alone can cost consumers close to $2,000 per year.
Although HART fares are extremely affordable, the agency also offers special fare packages for even more savings. Those great fares allow riders to commute all month long for roughly the price of a single tank of gas.
1-Day Unlimited Ride Local & Limited Express is only $4 and 1-Day Express is $6.
HART’s 31-Day Unlimited Ride Local and Limited Express is just $65.00, while 31-Day Unlimited Express is only $95.00.
Private transportation costs, meanwhile, are getting more expensive. CNN/Money reported last week that experts predict that the price of unleaded gasoline could jump by as much as 30 cents per gallon in August.
Economists expect gas prices to continue this upward trend for the foreseeable future. Gas and oil futures contract prices already surged more than 10% on world markets during the past few weeks.
HART riders, on the other hand, relax and leave the driving to someone else while they save money. They also enjoy the benefit of dramatically reducing their carbon footprint and America’s costly dependence on foreign oil.
To see the kind of potential savings that can be generated by riding the bus, visit www.publictransportation.org and use the convenient free tools and calculators.