Did you know that it costs 47 to 62 cents per mile to operate a personal vehicle? (Source: AAA)

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released a report that a person can achieve an average savings of $8,368 per year by taking public transportation instead of driving. Similar savings can be realized by carpooling with 3 or more commuters.  On the average, the 140 million cars in America are estimated to travel almost 4 billion miles in a day, and according to the U. S. Department of Transportation, they use over 200 million gallons of gasoline doing it. (2006)

Some Facts:

232 Million      Number of registered vehicles in the U.S. That's almost one per person!

600 gallons     Average amount of gasoline consumed by one U.S. car each year.

12,000 lbs        Amount of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.

240     Number of trees needed to absorb the 12,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.

2.7 trillion      Number of miles U.S. cars and light trucks traveled in 2004. That's the equivalent of taking 10 million trips to the moon.

5%      Percent U.S. population is of the world population.

30%      Percent of world's automobiles in the United States.

45%     Percent that the United States contributes to the world's automotive carbon dioxide emissions.

4      Number of car companies that support a national cap on global warming pollution. They are Ford, General Motors, Daimler Chrysler and Toyota.

Text from: Colorado State University. (http://www.rideshare.colostate.edu/Environmental.aspx). Fact Sources: Ward's Motor Vehicle Facts and Figures 2006, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2005, Automotive News, The ABCs of CO2, Feb 5, 2007, NASA website, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. and World Population Clocks - POPClocks, Global Warming on the Road report, Energy and Commerce Hearing, Climate Change and Energy Security: Perspectives from the Automobile Industry.