Why does your choice in transportation matter?
The EPA has found that greenhouse gas emissions from transportation account for 27% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the second largest contributor of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions after electricity. The largest sources of transportation-related GHG emissions are cars and light-duty trucks, including SUVs, pickup trucks, and minivans. These sources account for over half of the emissions from the sector. How can you decrease your GHG emissions?
Carpool: Carpooling can be a great way to save you MONEY and MAINTENANCE to your car from wear and tear while also cutting air pollution, GHG emissions, and decreasing the stress that comes with getting to work every day.
Connect and coordinate with your coworkers and see where they’re coming from and how they get to work.
Check out the Share a ride data base created by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) at www.dvrpc.org/sar. The service works to match you with a convenient transit service, carpool groups, vanpool groups, etc.
Bicycle: Philadelphia has more people commuting by bicycle, per capita, than any of the other 10 biggest cities in the U.S. with a commuting rate of 2.3%! Benefits of commuting by bike:
Save time. If your commute is less than 4 miles long, riding a bike is likely to be as fast, if not faster, than commuting by car or public transit.
Save money. The average monthly cost of bicycle ownership is $25, significantly less than the monthly cost of car ownership. Have fun. Biking is a blast! And, Philadelphia has more than 750 miles of bike routes. Find out which ones are best for your commutes!
Check out the maps and resources that the Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition offers: bicyclecoalition.org
Check out The Circuit, a 750 mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the greater
Don’t have a bike? Check out the Philadelphia Bike Share Program: Indego. Indego is public transportation on your schedule. Get a bike from one of the 60 stations located throughout the city, go for a ride, and give it back. Before you ride Indego, you must purchase a pass to the system. You can pay for Indego passes by the month or by the trip, similar to SEPTA’s commuting options. Check it out at: www.rideindego.com
SEPTA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the 6th largest transit system covering 2,184 square miles of service region. Septa offers trip planning assistance online as well as through a through a mobile app called Transit Philadelphia that will help you get around on the Metro Transit System in the greater Philadelphia area.Septa is also a “bicycle friendly transit system” and encourages bicyclists to use their services to complete their journeys by bringing bicycles with them onto a bus or subway. Check out Septa’s guidelines for trip planning that includes bicycles, as well as their Trip Planning assistance: www.septa.org/policy/bike.html
Ask your employer about RideECO! RideECO is the new name for the commuter benefit program from the DVRPC. ECO means Easy Commute Options that can save you time and money. RideECO allows employers and commuters to save by putting pre-tax dollars towards fares on public transportation and vanpools: www.rideeco.org/
Electric Cars: If you are buying a car, consider an electric car. Options range from the Tesla through Nissan’s Leaf, to the Chevy Volt. Especially if you have access to a solar charging station, an electric car can reduce your carbon footprint. Our friends at the Sierra Club have an in-depth guide here: http://content.sierraclub.org/evguide/.