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Everyone wins when you ride and Miami-Dade Transit thanks you for it

MIAMI (January 29, 2016)

To encourage and thank those who have chosen to use transit as a healthier, cost-saving alternative to driving, Miami-Dade Transit has launched a big ‘Thank You’ campaign throughout its system.

‘Thank You’ campaign posters are on display at various Metrorail and Metromover stations, reminding everyone that using transit can keep them physically and financially fit.

Research shows that using public transportation has a great impact on a person’s health and wallet.

According to a report published by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute and the American Public Transportation Association, inadequate physical activity contributes to numerous health problems, causing an estimated 200,000 annual deaths in the U.S., and significantly increasing medical costs. Among physically able adults, average annual medical expenditures are 32% lower for those who achieve physical activity targets ($1,019 per year) than for those who are sedentary ($1,349 per year).

By walking and cycling more, while taking transit, people can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension, as well as reduce the chances of having osteoporosis or suffering from depression.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control recommends that adults average at least 22 daily minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, to stay fit and healthy. According to the report, although less than half of American adults achieve this target, most public transportation passengers do exercise the recommended amount while walking to and from transit stations and stops.

Transit also helps its users save a significant amount of money each year.

At a national level, a person who switches their daily commute by car to taking public transportation can see annual savings of more than $9,000, according to APTA’s January Transit Savings Report. Individuals who ride transit instead of driving can save, on average, more than $764 per month. In Miami, according to APTA, these savings are approximately $8,700 annually, and about $725 per month.

The savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle, which includes the January 19, 2016 average national gas price ($1.88 per gallon- reported by AAA), and the national unreserved monthly parking rate numbers. 

In Miami-Dade County, transit users can save even more when they sign up for Miami-Dade Transit’s Corporate Discount program. This program allows participants to save on commuting costs through group discounts and pre-tax savings by paying for their monthly public transportation fare through a tax deduction from their employer.

To learn more about transit services in Miami-Dade County, the public can visit MDT’s home page. This site provides complete schedule information, station maps and more.

The public also can download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app, or visit MDT's mobile site, for trip planning information. In addition, Transit users can call 305-891-3131, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to help them plan their trip.

Miami-Dade Transit is on social media, too. Find MDT on Facebook and Twitter.