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Provided more than 17 million rides in 2010 and is on pace to provide over 18 million rides in 2011. On an average weekday last week, COTA provided over 62,000 rides, which was 15.8 percent higher than in 2010. It was also the 15th consecutive week of increased ridership this year.

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APTA: Transit users save $9K yearly

Despite high gas prices and a slow economy Americans who ride public transportation save, on average, $9,968 annually and $831 per month, based on the July 14, 2011 average national gas price of $3.66 per gallon.

Lack of transportation is hurting our health

Three reports released this week show the detrimental effects traffic congestion, long commutes and even our roadways have on our health, safety and wallets. The results seem to underscore the need for more public transit, but will they have any impact?

Commuter transit effectiveness ranked as need only grows

The release this week of a Brookings Institution report, which reviewed metropolitan transit systems across the U.S., was widely reported, with many newspapers noting their city’s rank. With House Republicans discussed cutting public transit funding even further in 2012; ridership rising due to gas price spikes; and Congress debating taking tax breaks for oil companies off the table, the timing was interesting.

APTA: Public transit users save money, beat higher gas prices

The latest “Transit Savings Report” shows that, since gas prices have risen more than 30 cents a gallon in each of the last two months and nearly 80 cents since the beginning of the year, transit riders are able to reap the largest amount of savings in nearly three years.

APTA: Reduced investment in transit will cut job growth

President William A. Millar said that the funding reductions made to public transportation and high-speed rail are troublesome, since these investments are catalysts to create jobs, and untimely, due to the recent sharp rise in gas prices.

APTA: Transit riders can save $9,682 annually

The latest “Transit Savings Report” notes that by living with one less car and riding public transportation, individuals can save, on average, $9,682 annually, and $807 per month based on the February 10, 2011 average national gas price.

APTA: Public transit saves riders $9,215 annually

Riders can save on average $768 per month. Amount is based on the cost of the national averages for parking and driving, as well as the March 3 national average gas price of $2.703 per gallon for self-serve regular gasoline as reported by AAA.