This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

July 31, 2002

Study: Public Transportation Key to Clean Air and Energy Savings

How can the United States best clean up its air and reduce its energy use? According to a study released June 17th, the answer is public transportation. The study by three leading economists finds that public transportation already saves more than 855 million gallons of gasoline each year. The study also finds that if one in ten Americans used public transportation regularly, U.S. reliance on foreign oil could be cut by more than 40 percent.

Even small increases in public transportation use would have a significant effect on air quality. A person riding public transportation instead of driving generates, on average, 95 percent less carbon monoxide, 92 percent less volatile organic compounds, and only half as much carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide. See the press release from the American Public Transportation Association, as well as the full report (PDF 163 KB) and accompanying charts (PDF 480 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

Considering the news, let's hear it for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), which is expanding its light rail system into the Dallas suburbs! See the DART Web site.