Every day - we can all make decisions [big and small] that will decrease our own carbon footprint and protect the planet for ourselves and those who come after us. For example - we can eat food that is local and seasonal, buy clothes second-hand, turn off the water while brushing our teeth or washing the dishes, and [of course] recycle, recycle, recycle.
Another choice we can make is to use public transportation when possible.
Using transit is one of the most impactful choices someone can make to reduce their carbon footprint. With rising congestion and its associated impacts on the environment, economic productivity, and quality of life, we all need to understand their negative contributions to our transportation crisis and the easiest way to mitigate them is to ride SEPTA.
DYK American households that produce the least amount of carbon emissions are located near a bus or rail line. The people in those households drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles annually compared to similar households with no access to public transit.
The answer is clear - public transportation saves fuel, reduces an individual’s carbon footprint, and reduces congestion. Public transportation use by a solo commuter switching his/her commute from a private vehicle can reduce CO2 emissions by 20 pounds per day—more than 4,800 pounds in a year.
Each time you use SEPTA - you make a choice that improves the environment. Don’t believe us? Use the carbon calculator to determine how much you can reduce your carbon footprint by leaving your car behind and riding SEPTA.