Friday, April 16, 2010

Take the Earth Day Challenge

President Obama is calling on all Americans to help make their communities greener and healthier this Earth Day, April 22.

There are many things you can do to take action on Earth Day, including choosing public transit. Across the country, public transportation reduces carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually – equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households. And over a year, transit use saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline.

If you normally commute in your car, try our Trip Planner or Google Maps to see if there’s transit available along your route. Or check out our Park and Ride map for options near you. You also might consider trying an Earth-friendly intermodal commute – combining public transit, biking and/or walking.

Of course, if you’re reading this blog, you may already make your regular commute to work or school on the bus or T. But you might consider taking transit for other purposes. Let’s say you live in Shadyside and want to go to the movies. Instead of going by car, you could try the new 75 Ellsworth route to SouthSide Works.

Want to know what your carbon reduction will be if you take public transit? Check out the American Public Transportation Association’s Carbon Savings Calculator.

There are lots of other ideas for Earth Day activities – including volunteer opportunities – at and lots more information on the benefits of transit on our Web site.

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