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Environmental Benefits of Using FAST

Environmental Benefits:

  • Planting new forest is one way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere... To match the total effect of [providing] public transportation, the U.S. would have to plant 23.2 million acres of new forest (annually).
    Source: The Broader Connection between Public Transportation, Energy Conservation, and Greenhouse Gas Reduction
    ICF International, February 2008
  • Increased use of public transportation is the most effective strategy for achieving significant energy savings and environmental gains? without new taxes, governmental mandates or regulations.
    Source: The Economic Importance of Public Transit: National Business Coalition for Rapid Transit
  • Public transportation takes cars off the road... 12 cars for a full van.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You
  • A bus with as few as seven passengers is more fuel efficient than the average car with one occupant used for commuting.
    Source: American Public Transportation Association
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You
  • In 2006, the United States was responsible for 24 percent of global consumption of oil. The average American consumed 25.2 barrels of oil in 2006, more than the average citizen of any country outside of the Middle East. 
    Source: A Better Way to Go:
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008
  • Clean, efficient public transit must and will be a large part of that (a new transportation future for America) future. Rail, rapid bus and other forms of transit already deliver large benefits to the American people? saving energy, reducing pollution, curbing congestion, saving money and enriching our communities.
    Source: A Better Way to Go: 
    Meeting America's 21 Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit U.S. PIRG Education Fund, March 2008
  • For every 10,000 solo commuters who leave their cars at home and commute on an existing public transportation service for one year, the nation reduces fuel consumption by 2.7 million gallons. 
    Source: American Public Transportation Association 
    The Benefits of Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You