2011 44¢ Use Public Transportation
Issue Date: April 14, 2011
City: Washington, DC
Printed By: Avery Dennison
Printing Method: Photogravure
Why use gas and road space for one person in a vehicle, when 50 people can travel for only a little more? The answer is easy, and points to public transportation on buses, subways, or trains as a solid choice for eco-friendly traveling.
Public transportation is noted for its safety and convenience. Studies show travel by bus can be as much as 10 times safer (or more) than travel by car, with train travel 80 times safer. But what makes using public transportation so “green” is that buses can carry 70 or more people for only a little more fuel than a car. When considering miles traveled per person, travelers have a far smaller ecological footprint when using public transportation.
Other benefits to public transportation include cost savings. A trip on a bus or train can be cheaper than the same trip taken by car. Users avoid parking fees and tolls, and save on gas costs. Those relying on public transportation as their sole means of travel also avoid the expense of vehicle ownership.
Traveling by public transit is also less stressful. Passengers are freed from the focus needed for driving, and can spend the time reading, getting ahead on work, or just relaxing. It is a great way to get to where one is going, and is an important tool for living “green.”