When you look at the facts, the benefits of public transportation are easy to see. According to recent census data nearly 70% of Nassau County and 80% of Suffolk County residents drive to work alone. Following are just some of impacts this is having on individuals, our community and our world and the benefits of using transit.
Environmental & Health Impacts:
- Air pollution emitted from transportation contributes to smog, and to poor air quality, which has negative impacts on the health and welfare of U.S. citizens. Pollutants that contribute to poor air quality include particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Twenty-seven percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is from transportation. Transportation is the second leading source of GHG emissions in the United States, just behind electricity. Between 1990 and 2015, GHG emissions in the transportation sector increased more in absolute terms than any other sector.
- Air pollution is a serious health threat. It can trigger asthma attacks, harm lung development in children, and can even be deadly. Millions of people are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, including infants, older adults and people with lung diseases like asthma. (www.lung.org)
- Nearly 166 million Americans live in counties, including Long Island, that received an F for either ozone or particle pollution in the American Lung Association's State of the Air 2016 report. (www.lung.org)
- Compared with private vehicles, public transportation produces, on average, per passenger mile, 95% less carbon monoxide, 92% fewer volatile organic compounds, 45% less carbon dioxide and 48% less nitrogen oxide. (Shapiro, Robert J. et al, Conserving energy and Preserving the Environment: The Role of Public Transportation, July 2002)
- Public transportation use in the United States saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
- Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit.
- According to APTA's Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $9,823 a year by downsizing to one car.
- Public transportation provides an affordable, and for many, necessary, alternative to driving.
Increased use of public transportation options will help reduce the number of cars on local roads and that means:
- Fewer harmful emissions
- More efficient travel
- Less traffic congestion
- Decreased roadway accidents
Good for you. Good for the environment.
Since the TRANSIT SOLUTIONS program began, the following employers on Long Island are just a few of the companies that have implemented the pre-tax commuter benefit program.