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IMMEDIATE RELEASE    
Contact:  Judy Dellert-O’Keef, 704-432-0477

RAPIDLY RISING GAS PRICES GIVE PUBLIC TRANSIT RIDERS HIGHEST SAVINGS IN TWO YEARS

Individuals can save more than $800 this month.

Charlotte, N.C.,  March 7, 2011 – Nationally gas prices have increased 34 cents a gallon in the last 13 days and are expected to continue rising. As a result, riding CATS, carpooling, vanpooling, or biking can save individuals, on average, $2,416 annually or $200 per month on their daily commute and even more for other trips.  This is the highest savings for public transit riders in two years. 

“As gas prices rise, using public transportation is the quickest way people can beat high gasoline prices,” states Carolyn Flowers, CEO of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). 

As uncertainty in other parts of the world persists, and Americans continue to suffer economic woes, making the change to public transit today gives individuals the opportunity to lower their transportation costs, without sacrificing their freedom and mobility. Switching from driving to riding public transportation for even a few of their trips is a proven way for individuals to cut monthly and yearly transportation costs.

To calculate your potential savings by riding CATS use CATS Gas Calculator. To learn more about riding CATS or joining a carpool or vanpool visit www.ridetransit.org and use our computer-aided trip planner or computer matching service.  You can receive personal assistance in creating your transit trip by speaking with a CATS customer service representative at 704-336-7433 (RIDE).