Public Transportation Reduces Greenhouse Gases and Conserves Energy

  • is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.

  • saves fuel, reduces an individual’s carbon footprint, and reduces congestion.

  • provides an immediate option individuals can take to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • use by a solo commuter switching his/her commute from a private vehicle can reduce CO2 emissions by 20 pounds per day—more than 4,800 pounds in a year.

  • use saves the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually—more than 11 million gallons of gasoline per day.
  • provides an affordable alternative to driving. Households that use public transportation save an average of $6,251 every year.

  • ridership has increased 30% since 1995, with more than 10 billion trips taken annually.

  • is a national priority that should be specifically targeted by climate change and energy legislation. We all have a stake in expanding public transportation use.