ICF International Analysis Shows Public Transportation Can Save U.S. 1.4 Billion Gallons of Gasoline and Thousands of Dollars Per Household
Study Reveals Role of Public Transportation for Energy Independence in America
Fairfax, Virginia, January 30, 2007 -
ICF International (Nasdaq: ICFI) released an innovative study on the link between public transportation and petroleum consumption in the United States. The study estimated that public transportation currently conserves 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline every year. At the household level, the study found that two-worker households using public transportation save $6,200 on average annually. The study was compiled by ICF for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Public transportation creates energy efficiencies by carrying multiple passengers in each vehicle, reducing traffic congestion, and using non-petroleum energy sources. “Our independent analysis shows that public transportation is reducing national petroleum consumption significantly,” said Linda Bailey, author of the study and an expert in transportation policy at ICF. “The study also found actual savings at the household level, where public transportation provides a cushion against the ups and downs of fuel prices.”
The study found that U.S. households that use public transportation drive 16 fewer miles per day on average, a $1,400 savings in annual fuel costs. Two-worker households where one worker uses public transportation have the opportunity to save substantially more if they have only one car. These families can save an estimated $6,200 per year. Households across the country have already discovered the cost savings – ridership on public transportation is up 25.1 percent since 1995, with double-digit increases on some systems in the last year.
“ICF is at the forefront of developing new approaches to transportation with studies such as this, working to more effectively integrate community and environmental goals into end-to-end transportation solutions,” said Janet D’Ignazio, head of transportation at ICF.
Download ICF’s report at www.icfi.com/conservegas.
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