4 Reasons to Take Public Transportation to Work

Are you tired of driving to work or relying on a carpool? If you live in or near a city, there are several reasons why public transportation may be a great option for getting to work. Here are four good reasons to get out from behind the wheel:

Found Time

Public transportation is a great way to get more hours in the day. The time spent sitting on a bus, subway or commuter train can be time spent reading, working and even napping. If you have a long commute and you’re able to work while doing so, try to convince your boss to build that time into your workday.

Save the Earth—and Some Cash

By taking public transit, you’ll know that you are doing your part to cut down on CO2 emissions and the dependence on foreign oil. According to the American Public Transportation Association, public transit use saves the U.S. 4.2 billion gallons of gas and 37 million metric tons of CO2 annually. Plus, households that use public transit save more than $8,000 a year.

Employer Benefits

Many employers partially (or even fully) reimburse for transit passes, or offer a pre-tax deduction for the cost of a transit pass. Some employers are also going green and finding additional ways to incentivize or celebrate using public transit to get to work. It may earn you some brownie points – or green ones!

Market Research

One of the unique opportunities of taking public transit is the people watching. You may just find that the people milling around you on the platform or sitting next to you on the bus fit a demographic for something you are working on. Observe, take notes, perhaps even chat them up. You just may learn something.

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Georgiana Cohen is a freelance writer and blogger who has contributed to publications including the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Herald and works full-time on web content for Tufts University. Her blog at georgycohen.com covers a variety of topics relating to web communications and content, while her blog Safe Digression covers life, music and adventures around Boston. You can also follow her mobile photolog.


  1. Mike Abasov on the 1st August

    I’ve always been fascinated with how ads are placed in buses: teen ads closer to the back where teenagers usually sit, things like that. Marketing’s cool! 🙂

  2. Donny Kurnia on the 1st August

    If the public transportation is good, then I will use it. Unfortunately, in my country, the public transportation is bad. Drivers want a big profit, thus tends to wait for passenger often, making the trip time become unpredicted. I wish someday people here will realize this and create a better public transportation.

  3. Peach on the 1st August

    This is some good insights and i really wanna do that, but here in Thailand, it is hot as hell. You won’t have the concentration to read or observe if your body are dehydrating a lot. lol.

    Anyway, good article. Productive blogs such as this should get more attention.

  4. I agree. Public Transport is the way to go!

  5. Doru Catana on the 2nd August

    I just love the “people watching” part. I have been doing this for quite a while now. It’s awesome because sometimes you see things that you would never though of.

    For example I was in the subway station yesterday and I was like “boy oh boy, there are lots of people in here…and they all buy stuff…what could I sell to all of them to get rich…hmmm”


  6. Darius on the 3rd August

    Maybe puyblic transport would be good, but I hated it because when I used it I was feelling tired after going with it. There are too much people in one bus, you can’t find a seat, and sometimes you can’t evven find where to stand. Also the peoples noise makes me tired. When I get by car then I didn’t feel tired.

  7. Leisle on the 12th November

    I’ve actually used the bus and for every aspect on my life something most bus advocates couldn’t fathom ever doing.

    The idea that you can do work on the bus is so silly and such a lie. Believe me, the hour spent not on the bus is time better spent because by car getting to “point B” takes only 15 minutes.

    So sorry, but we car drivers will keep on using cars because we aren’t dumb enough to believe transit lies.

  8. Tejch on the 3rd February

    Well, using public transportation is the best choice in the big city. It’s almost always impossible to travel by car, because the streets gets too jammed (rush hours). Unless you are going to work at 5 in the morning and return before 2 in the afternoon public transport is better.
    Check this article: Benefit of using public transport
    Regards, Tej

  9. majid on the 14th May

    THE public transportation is the best choice for many cities ,but in my city, it is not a good way to get work , because in my city there is not a good management to public transportation and the buses schedule is not very good.

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