Let’s face it. Public transportation is not our favorite way of getting around. The inconvenience of waiting, all of the germs, and that creepy man in the back of the subway train talking to himself will certainly deter most people from this form of transit. But the rising cost of gas is changing all of this.
Over the past three months, the price of gas has risen approximately fifty cents per gallon in the US. Some people are outraged, some do not even care, but the majority of our population has begun to seek out alternatives to using their own cars. According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans took 10.4 billion trips using public transportation, including buses, trains, street cars and ferries. In 2011, they estimated that the average person who relied solely on public transit could save about $10,000 per year! With that much money, you can get 2,600 gallons of milk, 20 brand new iPads, or 47 tickets to the March Madness Final Four games! That certainly makes you think of what else you could be spending this money on.
With technology where it is today, there are many apps designed to help you with getting over your fear of public transportation. Apps such as AllSubway, HopStop, and Amtrak will make your commute easier and much less stressful. They will show you exactly when and where to catch the train, and even the price of travel. Imagine the impact we could have if we all made an effort and began to use public transportation more frequently. Not only would we be saving money and helping our environment, but we may even see an end to these rising gas prices.