EasyRide commuter program makes public transportation an easy choice

Choosing public transportation for your daily commute can rack up nearly $10,000 in annual savings, according to the new Transit Savings Report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). The study shows an average annual savings of $9.686 for someone who stops commuting by car and opts for public transit.

Cost savings, convenience and a preference for public transit are among the reasons travelers are choosing the Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s EasyRide commuter program.

“Fort Worth has a growing millennial population, and they prefer public transit for commuting to work or getting around town,” said Rebecca Montgomery, vice president of governmental relations, who touts the program as a win-win for employers and employees.

“We partner with businesses to make it convenient and economical to use public transportation,” she said. “For employers who pay for transit pass expenses, they receive a tax deduction. Plus, program participants get a 25 percent discount from us.”

Companies participating in the EasyRide program include American Airlines, City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Club, JP Morgan Chase, JPS Health Network, Oncor, XTO Energy and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Participants in EasyRide can choose services from the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Trinity Railway Express, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Denton County Transportation Authority.

For more information on the program, send an email to EasyRide@FWTA.org or go to www.FWTAEasyRide.com.

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