BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - GET is celebrating Earth Day all month with a wrapped bus to remind our residents of the benefits of public transit for our community. The Earth Day bus will operate on a different route each day and fares on the Earth Day bus will be free!
Did you know:
A bus with as few as seven passengers is more fuel-efficient than the average single-occupant auto used for commuting.
The fuel efficiency of a fully occupied bus is six times greater than that of the average single-occupant auto.
In terms of energy consumption per passenger mile (energy used to transport one passenger one mile), transit is more energy efficient.
Buses use 8.7% less energy per passenger mile than a typical automobile.
And there are health benefits to public transit! The U.S. Center for Disease Control recommends that adults average at least 22 daily minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, to stay fit and healthy. Although less than half of American adults achieve this target, most public transportation passengers do exercise the recommended amount while walking to and from transit stations and stops.
Neighborhood design features that support transit, such as walkability and mixed land use, also support public health. In communities where there are safe places to walk within ten minutes of home, 43% of the residents achieve physical activity targets, compared with just 27% of residents in less walkable areas. Plus riding the bus reduces stress – someone else is driving!
In addition, public transit is much safer than cars in traffic accidents. Traffic casualty rates tend to decline as public transit travel increases in an area. Residents of transit-oriented communities have only about a quarter the per capita traffic fatality rate as residents of sprawled, automobile-dependent communities.
More people leaving their cars at home and walking to the bus stop just once or twice a week would significantly impact air quality and improve the health of our community.
GET provides presentations, travel training and free ride coupons to employers who want to encourage their employees to try alternative forms of transportation.
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