Did you know that just one person riding the bus or train can have a big impact on helping to clean up our winter air? The Utah Transit Authority says that leaving your car at home and riding UTA to work and back has a multiplier effect. One seven-mile commuter trip in a single-occupant vehicle produces more than 53 times the emissions of a commuter who bikes to a TRAX station and uses public transit.
Whether a person uses public transportation or not, everyone benefits. According to the Federal Transit Administration, “Switching to riding public transportation is one of the most effective actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Car transportation alone accounts for 47% of the carbon footprint of a typical American family with two cars—by far the largest source of household emissions.” Locally, here are the clear facts:
Use UCAIR’s commuting calculator to see how many pounds of emissions you can reduce by riding transit.
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