Public Transit

Making use of and supporting public transit are generally good for sustainability. So, feel good about using all sorts of it. This includes: buses, light rail, subways, commuter rail, high-speed rail, ferries, and street cars. Train travel can be much less stressful than driving and it can give you time to do work or to relax. As the power supplies for the various mass transit systems shift to relying on more renewable resources, the sustainability of these systems will improve. There are challenges regarding funding public transit and it isn’t efficient to have the systems run when there aren’t many passengers. Buses that run routes with few passengers are highly inefficient. These issues need to be addressed. The answers must be to make the systems work better, not to eliminate them. Research the transit options in your area, and take a ride!

Actions:

  • Try out various public transit options where you live
  • Use public transit when you travel for pleasure or business
  • Resources:
    Public Transit and Environmental Sustainability
    Sustainable Living Guide - Transport

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