Bus

Transit agencies celebrate Earth Day

Posted on April 22, 2009

Stressing its environmental friendliness and the necessity for the entire country to go green, transit agencies around the nation celebrated Earth Day on Wednesday.

An individual switching to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds or more than 4,800 pounds a year. This is more than the combined carbon emissions reduction that comes from using energy-efficient light bulbs, adjusting thermostats, weather-proofing a home and replacing an older refrigerator with a high efficient refrigerator, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

“In total, Americans using public transportation reduce our nation’s carbon footprint by 37 million metric tons annually,” said APTA President William W. Millar. “Imagine how much, much more carbon savings there would  be if there was greater investment in public transportation from local, state, and federal governments.” 

To celebrate, many transit agencies, such as Capital Area Transportation Authority in Lansing, Mich.; Orlando, Fla.’s LYNX; and Nashville, Tenn.-based Metropolitan Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Authority are participating in local Earth Day events and demonstrating the positive benefits of using public transit.

Additionally, agencies including the Capital District Transportation Authority in Albany, N.Y. and Hampton, Va.’s Hampton Roads Transit are offering free rides and having giveaways to celebrate the day.

Other transit agency Earth Day activities included:

  • The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (Boston, Mass.) and the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company unveiled two new energy efficient locomotives that will provide dramatic fuel savings and reduce emissions;
  • Cincinnati’s Metro dedicated its first six hybrid buses and had a hybrid bus parade on Tuesday, April 21.  The hybrid buses will go into service on Earth Day; and  
  • In honor of Earth Day and the fact that MTS set a record by selling more than 9,200 semester passes to students at the San Diego State University, the Metropolitan Transit System in San Diego offered students free rides to campus. 
View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

S.F. exercises option for 167 more New Flyer Xcelsior buses

Valued at nearly $153 million, it includes orders for 98 40-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses and 69 (138 EU) 60-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses.

Fla.'s JTA launches First Coast Flyer Blue Line BRT service

The 11.1 mile Blue Line on the Southeast Corridor features direct, high-frequency service; seven branded stations; transit signal priority at 18 intersections; and off-board fare collection.

BusCon opens 2017 Call for Papers

The deadline to submit your presentation idea is Jan. 20, 2017.

Man steals MTA bus from Staten Island depot again

The Staten Island resident took the bus on a nearly four-mile joyride, before abandoning it on a corner. It was unclear if he picked up or dropped off any passengers during his route.

TAPTCO, MSTCO create course to help drivers pass CDL test

The course is available in hard copy containing seven interactive CDs together with a trainer’s guide, a driver’s study guide, and a book of practice tests. Alternately, the course is available over the web through a learning management system, so that applicants can go through the training and practice tests from any location.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close