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Study: Public transportation use cuts greenhouse gases

Posted on September 27, 2007

According to a new study released by APTA, a commuter that switches from daily driving to public transportation can reduce his or her household’s carbon footprint by 10%. 

The study, Public Transportation’s Contribution to U.S. Greenhouse Gas Reduction, was prepared for APTA by Science Applications International Corp. The research shows that when compared to other household actions that limit carbon dioxide, taking public transportation can be more than ten times greater in reducing this harmful greenhouse gas.  

APTA is calling on Congress to incorporate public transportation into a national climate strategy that includes providing additional funding levels for more public transportation investment; providing tax credits to major employers who spend resources to support mass transit ridership programs; and tax credits to developers for mixed development residential, commercial and transportation sites that encourage greater use of public transportation.  

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