We’re barely into the new year and already fear has been stricken into the hearts of pocketbooks everywhere. Predictions are that fuel costs will hit $5.00 per gallon in 2012. Wow! That’s enough to make even a Front Range lawyer aim to become an extreme couponer.
Maybe those reports are exaggerated, but even if fuel costs stay steady at $4.00 per gallon in 2012, most of us will feel a pinch. (At press time, the U.S. Energy Information Administration put the national average fuel price at $3.07.) So how can we be prepared to deal with a significant increase in transportation costs here on the Front Range?
Lucky for us, Colorado has lots of public transportation options available. Not only does that provide the opportunity to save money on fuel and vehicle maintenance, it lessens pollution to the environment and, hopefully, lowers the chances its riders will ever be involved in a Front Range auto accident!
The City of Colorado Springs offers Metro Rides, a carpool ride matching program. All of the information entered into the database is confidential and it’s absolutely free to register and explore. Take a look and see what’s out there. Somebody one block away might be commuting to your same office park. There could be a 50% savings in commuting costs waiting for two Front Range residents right now!
Want to stay in shape and save on transportation costs? Ride a bike! The Springs Bike-n-Bus program helps Front Ranger commuters get around on the cheap by offering free bike racks on Mountain Metro buses for the Pikes Peak area, Ute Pass Express buses for the Springs area, and FrontRange Express buses that run from the Springs to Monument and Denver, too. Says the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), households like ours, who are near public transit, can save 223 gallons of fuel each year.
Want to find out specifically how much savings potential Front Range transportation systems can offer your household? Visit the APTA link above and try out the Gas Savings Calculator. Happy savings!