CHICAGO - In a push to boost support for a proposed $25 billion capital program pending before Illinois legislators, elected officials and civic leaders yesterday highlighted a new report that quantifies the annual savings in gas, oil, time, and pollution from the public's use of the existing public transportation systems.

Usage of the Chicago-area system results in the annual savings of $723 million that otherwise would be spent on gas and preserves 276 gallons of oil, according to the report A Better Way to Go: Meeting America's 21st Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit released yesterday by the public advocacy group, Illinois Public Interest Research Group.

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