Is it important to you to live in an environmentally conscious city?
Taking part in a city’s public transportation is a great way to help save our environment. In fact, bus trips with as few as seven passengers still is more fuel efficient than a single-occupant car used for commuting.
What cities across the country are getting this right? Where can you live and have a positive impact on the world we live in? Here are 5 U.S. cities that are being more proactive in going green with public transportation.
5 Cities With Great Bus Trips and Public Transportation
Rest assured under a Shelters Direct bus shelter in one of the following cities, knowing your commute to work is making an impact.
1. Champaign, Illinois
In this college town, home to the University of Illinois, 8.7% of commuters are using public bus trips. The city’s inexpensive fare attracts more riders in comparison to the rest of the country.
Additionally, Champaign received a grant to further improve their public transit system. This allows the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District to employ to 60-foot articulated hydrogen fuel cell buses in the future. These bus trips are expected to be available to passengers in 2019.
2. Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu’s public transportation system has been recognized twice by the American Public Transportation Association as America’s Best Transit System. The city makes bus fare affordable. At an average of $0.78 per trip, the price is nearly half of the average fare per trip across the nation.
Additionally, Hawaii is implementing a $9.5 billion rail transit project to improve traffic congestion.
3. Baltimore, Maryland
Bus trips are the most common form of public transportation in Baltimore, though the city has several options. The city also has one of the most widely used systems of public transit among any other city. Baltimore passengers commute an average of 7.4 miles per public transmit ride, which is two miles longer than the national average.
4. Bremerton, Washington
Bremerton’s public transportation is credited as being one of the most efficient systems in the country. So far in 2017, there has been only one reported derailment, security issue or collision in their system. For miles traveled, that is nearly the least reported incidents of any public transportation system in the United States.
Newer to the city, Bremerton has implemented a ferry service. Kitsap Fast Ferries runs between Seattle and Bremerton. The ferry takes commuters back and forth several times a day for half an hour each way.
Unfortunately, high efficiency comes at a higher price. Bremerton has one of the highest public transit fares in the country.
5. Boston, Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority offers all types of terrestrial mass transit vehicles. Commuter rail lines, heavy rail lines, trolleys, electric trolleybuses and regular buses are all made available to the public.
And people are using them. About 13.7% of commuters use public transportation in Boston. This number is nearly triple that of the national average. The public transportation system averages about 58 commuters per hour, which is the third most of any city nationwide.
Go Green with Public Transportation
Ready to lessen your carbon footprint on the world? Look into your own city’s public transportation system. Feel better about your everyday work commute by taking advantage of what your city offers.