According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for public transportation were 16.15% lower in 2020 versus 2012 (a $0.81 difference in value).
Between 2012 and 2020: Public transport experienced an average inflation rate of -2.18% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, public transport costing $5 in the year 2012 would cost $4.19 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.48% during this same period, inflation for public transport was significantly lower.
In the year 2012: Pricing changed by 0.75%, which is above the average yearly change for public transport during the 2012-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), inflation for public transport was lower.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Public transportation:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Public transport, over time, for $5 beginning in 2012. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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