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What Are The Real Costs Of Driving?

Do you know what it really costs to drive your vehicle to and from work every day? There are a lot more costs than gas and oil when it comes to vehicle ownership, such as depreciation, insurance, taxes, etc.  Even if you are a transit user, you are probably going to own a vehicle anyway, but you might be able to get more years out of your car or truck, or cut back your vehicle ownership from two cars per household to just one, or from two down to three. When you make these kind of cuts, the savings really start to add up.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) publishes a brochure on the cost of driving. You can download the 2009 Edition of this (the most current edition) by clicking here.

Balance the cost of riding transit at a few dollars a day (or less) against the cost of vehicle ownership, or at the very least, filling your tank week after week.

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Link Transit Joins Federal TransitWatch Program

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Link Transit is part of Transit Watch, a "neighborhood watch-type" program, which is led by the Federal Transit Administration.

The public awareness program, known as TransitWatch, encourages riders to participate in the safety of their transit community in the same way they watch out for their neighbors within their own communities.

The program is part of a nationwide initiative developed by the FTA encouraging transit employees, passengers and neighborhood residents to stay alert and work together to maintain the safety of public transportation for their community.

The program suggests passengers be aware of their surroundings on transit and be alert to any packages or situations that seem suspicious. If anything out of the ordinary or potentially dangerous is observed, passengers should immediately report it to the proper transit or law enforcement authorities.

For the fastest most direct response, Link Transit passengers should call 662-1155 to contact Guest Services.

For details about the national Transit Watch program, visit the FTA's Web site here.

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So Just How Green Is Public Transit?

There has been a lot of talk in the last few months about "going green" and reducing your carbon footprint. Nearly every product is saying they are environmentally friendly in some fashion or another. Of all the things you can do to "go green" and reduce your carbon footprint, none is more effective than using public transportation.

Did you know that:

  • Home weatherizing and adjusting the thermostat and cooling saves 2,847 pounds of carbon per year. Public transportation use by just one person saves almost twice that much.
  • Replacing five incandescent bulbs to lower wattage compact fluorescent lamps saves 445 pounds of CO2 per year. Public transportation use by just one person saves more than 10 times that amount.
  • Replacing an older refrigerator/freezer with a high efficient one save 335 pounds of CO2 per year. Public transportation use by just one person saves more than 14 times that amount.
  • Public transportation is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.
  • Public transportation use by a solo commuter switching his or her commute from a private vehicle can reduce CO2 emissions by 20 pounds a day - more than 4,800 pounds in a year.
  • Public transportation use save the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually - more than 11 million gallons of gasoline per day.
  • Public transportation provides an affordable alternative to driving. Households that use public transportation save an average of $6,251 every year.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association

So if you really are concerned about the environment, and want to help make a difference, take public transportation. It is easy, affordable, and fun!


Click below for a humorous video about using public transportation.

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SkiLink Now Running Six Trips Per Day

Ski LinkSkiLink is back in operation on weekends until December 13, then every day from December 19 through January 3, except Christmas Day and New Years Day. After that weekend service continues all season long. The service is free to any one with a valid 2009-2010 Mission Ridge Season Pass, and there are six round trips per day from Wenatchee, with additional buses at peak periods should the need arise.

All Link Transit fare media will be accepted on SkiLink. This means your regular monthly pass, your ASAP (Student Pass), Annual Pass, or WVC ID Card.If you don't have a Mission Ridge pass or any Link pass, you can still ride for $2 eah way. Make sure you have exact fare, as the driver can't make change.

For a complete schedule, click here .

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