Benefits and Rewards
Taking the train not only reduces your impact on the environment, it puts some of that green back in your wallet. AAA estimates that it costs more than $9,000 per year to operate and maintain a standard-sized car for a year. When you leave your car at home—even one day a week—you’ll pocket the savings from fewer trips to the pump and less frequent maintenance. Plus, you’ll never pay for parking.
An average commuter produces several tons of emissions each year, affecting air quality and climate change. Driving alone burns fuel and produces exhaust to move only one person. Taking Metro Transit or sharing the ride in a carpool or vanpool produces just a fraction of emissions per person to cover those miles.
Buses and trains break up congestion on our roadways, moving people more efficiently. Buses and trains also free up space for other vehicles doing things like shipping goods or providing emergency services.
Active transportation choices like bicycling, walking, or riding the bus or train get you closer to the 30 minutes of physical activity recommended for heart health, plus it’s a great stress reducer.