Do you use public transportation? Yes? Great.
If not, consider this:
The next time you are driving to or from work or school take a look at the cars driving past you and count how many passengers are in each one. Lots of folks on their own?
Every day millions of people sit in traffic — alone — as they commute to work or school.
Instead of using public transportation, people choose to drive alone and pollute the environment with carbon emissions, wasting our natural resources at the same time.
The good news? If you want to avoid contributing to pollution and, ultimately, climate change, you can choose to take public transportation.
Imagine sitting back and relaxing during your daily commute and letting someone else take the wheel for a change. Imagine fewer cars on the road and cleaner air to breathe. All of this is possible.
Why Take Public Transportation
Taking public transportation:
- Reduces the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.
- Saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline and the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups each day.
- Alleviates the need to purchase gas and to make car payments. This leaves riders with more money for healthier food and medical expenses.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Start small
If you're not sure you will like taking public transportation, try it for a week.
2. Walk or bike
Take advantage of the warm weather — ride your bike or enjoy a leisurely walk to work.
3. Take the train for longer trips
Trains and the light rail generally travel on paths that are quicker than sitting alone in your car, which can cut down on your travel time.
4. Take the city bus or the UM shuttle
Ride the bus! Baltimore has its regular bus system, plus a free option, the Charm City Circulator, which will get you to where you need to be while reducing carbon emissions. You also can take advantage of UMB’s free shuttles for all UMB and UMMC faculty, staff, and students, .