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Green Transportation:
Solutions

Giving consumers clean, convenient transportation choices, such as public transportation and safe biking and walking, can significantly relieve congestion.

Historic vehicle efficiency standards finalized by the Obama Administration for vehicles sold from 2012-2016 will save 1.8 billion barrels of oil -- more than we imported in 2008 from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Libya and Nigeria combined.
Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012-2016 Light-Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Standards, Final Rule.

Public transportation use saves the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups every day, but only 54% of Americans have access to public transit.
American Public Transit Association, US Census Bureau, American Housing Survey

New vehicle efficiency standards will save consumers money at the pump. According to the EPA and NHTSA, consumers driving an average 2016 model year vehicle will save more than $3,000 over the lifetime of the vehicle. Consumers who lease a vehicle (assuming the national average 60-month lease) will see immediate savings of $12-14 per month from increased fuel economy.
Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012-2016 Light-Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Standards, Final Rule.

Congestion wastes oil and costs drivers time and money. The total amount of wasted fuel in 2009 topped 3.9 billion gallons - equal to 130 days of flow in the Alaska Pipeline.
Texas Transportation Institute, 2010 Urban Mobility Report

Public transportation gives individuals affordable, energy efficient choices. Individuals that use public transportation save an average of more than $9,000 every year - even more as the price of fuel rises.
American Public Transit Association

Existing public transit bus, rail vehicle and clean truck supply chains support approximately 40,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs. According to the Apollo Alliance, investing $40 billion annually in public transit and intercity rail, would create 3.7 million direct and indirect jobs - 600,000 alone in the manufacturing sector over the next six years.
Apollo Alliance, Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan

Consumers strongly support more fuel efficient vehicles. According to a 2011 poll from the Consumer Federation of America, 63% of respondents support vehicle standards of at least 60 miles per gallon in 2025.
Consumer Fedration of America

According to the most recent Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) report on congestion, individuals who live in areas served by public transportation save 398 million gallons of fuel annually.
American Public Transit Association

Public transportation saves the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually - more than three times the amount of gasoline refined from the oil we import from Kuwait.
American Public Transit Association

Clean car standards of 60 miles per gallon by 2025 would save vehicle owners $7,500 over the life of the vehicle at a gas price of $3.50 per gallon, even after paying for the additional cost of the cleaner vehicle. That's the equivalent of a gasoline price cut of more than a $1.00 per gallon compared to a vehicle with today's fuel efficiency.
Union of Concerned Scientists

The costs of congestion on our roadways continue to rise: measured in constant 2009 dollars, the cost of congestion has risen from $24 billion in 1982 to $115 billion in 2009. Cost to the average commuter: $808 in 2009, compared to an inflation-adjusted $351 in 1982.
Texas Transportation Institute, 2010 Urban Mobility Report

The Obama Administration can cut our dependence on oil a further 44 million gallons in 2030 by setting vehicle efficiency standards of at least 60 miles per gallon in 2025.
Union of Concerned Scientists and Natural Resources Defense Council, The Road Ahead

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, a comprehensive strategy of more efficient vehicles, cleaner fuels and clean, convenient transportation choices such as rail and safe biking and walking could cut our oil imports in half by 2030.
NRDC

Public transportation use saves the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups every day.
American Public Transit Association

Stats Library

Public Transportation

  • Public transportation saves the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually - more than three times the amount of gasoline refined from the oil we import from Kuwait.
    American Public Transit Association
  • Public transportation use saves the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups every day
    American Public Transit Association
  • According to the most recent Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) report on congestion, individuals who live in areas served by public transportation save 398 million gallons of fuel annually.
    American Public Transit Association
  • Public transportation gives individuals affordable, energy efficient choices. Individuals that use public transportation save an average of more than $9,000 every year - even more as the price of fuel rises.
    American Public Transit Association

High-Speed Rail

  • Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail service will be three times as energy efficient as cars and six times as efficient as planes on the same corridor.
    Source: draft Environmental Impact Statement, Chicago-St. Louis High-speed Rail Project, June, 2000
  • Kevin Brubaker - ELPC

Clean Vehicles

  • Historic vehicle efficiency standards finalized by the Obama Administration for vehicles sold from 2012-2016 will save 1.8 billion barrels of oil - more than we imported in 2008 from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Libya and Nigeria combined.
    EPA and NHTSA, Final Rule
  • New vehicle efficiency standards will save consumers money at the pump. According to the EPA and NHTSA, consumers driving an average 2016 model year vehicle will save more than $3,000 over the lifetime of the vehicle. Consumers who lease a vehicle (assuming the national average 60-month lease) will see immediate savings of $12-14 per month from increased fuel economy.
    Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012-2016 Light-Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Standards, Final Rule.
  • The Obama Administration can cut our dependence on oil a further 44 million gallons in 2030 by setting vehicle efficiency standards of at least 60 miles per gallon in 2025
    Union of Concerned Scientists and Natural Resources Defense Council, The Road Ahead

Congestion

  • Congestion costs continue to rise: measured in constant 2009 dollars, the cost of congestion has risen from $24 billion in 1982 to $115 billion in 2009.
    Texas Transportation Institute, 2010 Urban Mobility Report
  • Congestion wastes oil and costs drivers time and money. The total amount of wasted fuel in 2009 topped 3.9 billion gallons - equal to 130 days of flow in the Alaska Pipeline.
    Texas Transportation Institute, 2010 Urban Mobility Report
  • Cost to the average commuter: $808 in 2009, compared to an inflation-adjusted $351 in 1982.
    Texas Transportation Institute, 2010 Urban Mobility Report
  • Yearly peak delay for the average commuter was 34 hours in 2009, up from 14 hours in 1982.
    Texas Transportation Institute, 2010 Urban Mobility Report



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