Save money during the holidays – ride the bus

Transportation, Responsibility and YouSabrina HarrisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox

We all spend too much money this time of the year with presents to buy, travel to arrange and parties to throw. Managing the cost of the holidays is enough to turn even the jolliest elf into a Scrooge. This year, save money during the holidays – ride the bus.By taking the bus or walking to your shopping destination, you can save enough money from your transportation expenses to extend your shopping list for the holidays. For many, using public transportation provides an affordable, necessary alternative to driving. The American Public Transportation Association just released a groundbreaking new study, finding that public transportation use saves 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline every year, and can reduce household expenses by $6,200 – more than the average household pays for food in a year.

“Transportation costs are already too high, and recent spikes in gas prices only make the burden on families heavier. This is a wake-up call to Congress to use the pending federal transportation bill to strengthen commitments to transit and other travel options to help families save money,” said Anne E. Canby, president of the Surface Transportation Policy Project.The average American family spends more than 19 cents of every dollar earned in transportation costs, according to a report published by the Surface Transportation Policy Board in 2003. In other words, 19 percent of your income goes to getting you and your family around. How much of that money is for you to be by yourself in your car on your daily commute? We enjoy celebrating the holidays, there’s no doubt about it. Spending less year-round on transportation can save you money and allow you to create the best holiday season ever. It is not too late to start for next year. Make it your New Year’s resolution to spend less on transportation, get some exercise and make a difference in our community.

Public transportation saves money. Any trip made without your car is a benefit to you and our community. Try walking to your destination and enjoy the holiday season or try using the bus, even if it is just one day a week. For information about local or the region’s active transportation system and alternative transportation choices, please log onto, e-mail or call 384-6437.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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