To learn more about public transportation and its positive impacts on the environment, read through this collection of research and statistics.
Public transportation saves 37 million tons of CO2 annually.
Each year, public transportation saves 541 million hours in travel time, which in turn, reduces stress and decreases congestion on busy roadways.
In 2010, more than 10.2 billion trips were taken on public transportation.
U.S. public transportation saves 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. This is equivalent to the emissions resulting from the electricity generated from 4.9 million households or every household in Washington D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Denver, and Los Angeles combined!
Public transportation systems, like the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, are investing in environmentally friendly vehicles such as diesel-electric hybrids, which are up to 30 percent more fuel efficient than conventional diesel buses.
Public transportation saves the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually – more than three times the amount of gasoline refined from oil imported from Kuwait.
Public transportation prevents 900,000 automobile fill-ups each day.
According to the most recent Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) report, Americans living in areas served by public transportation save 340 million gallons of fuel annually.
The transportation sector produces one-third of all greenhouse gas emission in the United States. Effective strategies to reduce these gas emissions must include improved fuel economy, reduced carbon content in fuels, and reduction in the growth of vehicle miles of travel.
Individual and Household Impacts
Each year, an individual can achieve an average savings of more than $8,000 by living with one less car and taking public transportation instead.
Switching to public transportation reduces individual carbon emissions by 20 pounds per day or 4,800 pounds per year.
Public transportation offers an immediate alternative for individuals seeking to reduce their energy use and carbon footprints.
The average household in which at least one member uses public transportation drives 16 fewer miles per day.
Analysis of a typical two-car household reveals 20% of carbon emissions come from natural gas, 25% from electricity, and 55% of carbon emissions from private vehicles. There is a potential 30% savings from private vehicles if one car can be eliminated.
Statistics taken from: American Public Transportation Association. "The Benefits of Public Transportation." Press release. 2008, American Public Transportation Association. "Public Transportation: Benefits for the 21st Century." Press release. 2007, and "Public Transportation Benefits." Press release. 2010.
Champaign-Urbana boasts the 8th highest percentage nationally, 8.98%, of "Green Commuters."
In 2012, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District provided over 11 million rides.
The District uses 750,000 gallons annually to travel 3 million miles.
Education in the Cities of Champaign and Urbana
MTD is a Sustainability Practitioner of Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
The preliminary function of this group is to, "Share information, enhance efficiency, and build capacity for projects rooted in the discipline of sustainability. By gathering practitioners, we hope to alleviate recognized barriers and help our organizations and communities to take tangible steps forward."