Savvy commuters already know that transit is the smart and inexpensive way to get around, but in case you need a little more motivation to leave your car at home, here are 7 reasons why transit is the best way to go:
#7 – It’s safer.
According to National Safety Council data, riding the bus is 170 times safer than riding in a car. And an Allstate Insurance study found that Portland is one of the least safe driving cities in the U.S.!
#6 – You have options.
Whether or not driving is an option for you, TriMet provides the freedom to go where you want, when you want.
Fact: Each year, 11 million rides on TriMet are taken by seniors and people with disabilities. And TriMet’s LIFT paratransit service provides over 1 million rides per year.
#5 – Less stress.
When you let a professional do the driving, you don’t have to deal with traffic or worry about navigating or finding a parking spot.
Fact: According to Texas A&M’s annual mobility study, the average Portland-area commuter spends 44 hours a year stuck in traffic!
#4 – More “me” time.
Instead of driving you can read a book, surf the web, text friends, get some work done, take a nap or just relax and enjoy the scenery.
Fact: Several research studies have shown that using your commute time to enjoy simple activities can make you feel happier and more relaxed.
#3 – It’s healthier.
Taking TriMet helps us get more exercise because of the walking and biking we do going to and from our stops—it’s active transportation. Besides, it’s a great opportunity to get out in our community, meet neighbors and discover new things.
Fact: A study in North Carolina showed that light rail passengers were 81% less likely to become obese over time and would lose an average of 7 pounds over a one-year period.
#2 – It’s actually pretty fun.
Transit is great for getting to and from work but it’s also a popular way to get to school, shops, concerts, libraries, and picnics in the park. Get out and explore your city!
Fact: 1 in 4 transit trips is for shopping and recreation.
#1– You save big on gas, parking and car payments.
Obviously, when you ride TriMet you don’t have to pay for parking or gas. And if you go completely car-free, it could also mean no loans, insurance or tune-up costs.
Fact: According to the American Public Transportation Association, transit riders in Portland can save up to $950 a month ($11,401 a year).
These are some of the most common sentiments about the value of taking transit, but we all ride for different reasons. How about you—What is your inspiration for catching a bus or boarding the train?
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