When people use public transportation, we have healthier communities. In fact, using public transportation provides greater benefits for our air and water than adopting energy-efficient lighting, switching to an energy-efficient refrigerator, and weatherizing your home—combined.
Keeping Our Air and Water Clean
Public Transportation Helps Create a Healthier Future
One of the most effective ways to help our environment is by increasing the use of public transportation and making it available to more people. We all share the benefits of cleaner air—even if we don’t use public transit personally. Reducing Fuel Consumption and Pollution
All forms of public transportation are more energy efficient than cars. Every day, people using public transportation save the equivalent of 900,000 fill-ups of gas.
Public transit has invested in innovative clean technologies and fuels, including biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, and hybrid vehicles. Overall, public transportation reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.
By expanding public transportation around our nation, combined with smart land use and consumer education, we can reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions even further. America reduces its dependence on foreign oil by more than 4 billion gallons of gasoline every year because of public transportation.
“The investment in public transit not only produces green jobs but also provides for a more sustainable transportation system that will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lessen the transportation sector’s impact on the environment.”
— William W. Millar, Past President, American Public Transportation Association.
Energy Efficiency: Passenger Miles Per Kilowatt Hour