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Ditch Your Car; Save $12,131

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The average American saves $9,000 a year by getting rid of their car, according to a report by the American Public Transportation Association. Well, they would say that, wouldn't they? And the savings for San Franciscans are even higher: you pay $12,131 a year for the privilege of sitting in traffic. After all, we have California's most expensive gas, and good luck finding a cheap parking spot or an honest mechanic here in town.

The report was coincides with "Dump the Pump" day, a national ad campaign that promotes public transit. Alas, San Francisco will not be participating, at least not in an official capacity: this year, both Muni and BART decided to forgo the "canned national campaign" in favor of something cheaper or more locally appropriate. Oh, good.

· More Than $9,000 Saved Annually by Individuals Who ‘Dump the Pump’ and Help Save the Environment by Riding Public Transportation [APTA]
· Gasoline Rocket Begins to Sputter [Central Valley Business Times]
· Muni and BART Dump Dump the Pump Day This Year [Streetsblog]