HONOLULU (KHNL) - How much would you save if you took public transportation versus driving your car? More than $8,000 per year, according to the American Public Transportation Association.
AAA says that figure is a little misleading.
A recent report shows Honolulu drivers can save up to $8,703 per year, just by using public transportation.
But AAA says, realistically, the only way you can save that much is by giving up your car entirely.
"No, I couldn't give but I would if possible, I would catch the bus or use the less expensive gas car," said Debbie Motokane.
Based on the notion that many bus riders also choose to own a car, AAA says a more accurate figure is between $2,212 to $3,318 in transit savings per year.
That's if you drive between 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year in a mid-size car.
"That's a few thousand dollars that you can save. I mean who wouldn't want to save $3,000. You could use it for something else actually," Gavina Gonsalvez, a bus rider.
To get a personalized figure of how much you would save by taking the bus, AAA has released this brochure.
Inside is a worksheet you can use to figure out your total driving costs. There is a price to pay for taking public transportation - a longer commute.
"I don't mind waiting. It's kind of relaxing. I don't have to deal with other cars on the road and everything," said Motokane.
With record-high gas prices, and growing congestion, many commuters say taking public transportation is a no-brainer.