The American Public Transportation Association issues monthly reports on how much people can save by taking transit — using something in the $9500-a-year range. This month, the number is $10,126, with New Yorkers saving almost $15,000 a year, Bostonians $13,675, and San Franciscans $13, 339.
The savings are based on the cost of commuting by transit vs. owning, insuring, parking, maintaining, and keeping gas in a car. It’s based on the idea that households with transit can do with fewer cars.
Here’s their savings chart: