Public transit has been green before "green" was a buzzword.
- According to the most recent Transit Savings Report from the American Public Transportation Association, a two-person household can on average save about $10,000 a year by downsizing to one car.
- Public transportation use in the U.S saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
- Without public transportation, congestion costs in 2010 would have risen by nearly $17 billion from $101 billion to $118 billion.
- In 2010, using public transit saved 796 million hours in travel time in 439 urban areas.
- Public transportation use in the U.S reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.
- Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit.
Port Authority’s Green Mission
Port Authority is committed to sustainable measures that can help the environment, and encourage both transit use and intermodal commuting.
- Port Authority has 32 hybrid diesel-electric buses in fleet. Compared to diesel buses, hybrid buses produce fewer emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide. On average, hybrid buses attain 25% greater fuel mileage and achieve better acceleration than diesel buses.
- Since 1991, Port Authority has reduced particulate matter emissions by 96% and nitrogen oxides by 81% by continually purchasing the cleanest burning diesel fuel and engine technology.
- In April 2005, Port Authority began using ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and went system-wide with ULSD in October 2007 as required by law.
- Since 2009 Port Authority has been using a bio-diesel blend in its buses that became state mandated on May 1, 2010.
Bikes on Transit
- Port Authority is moving forward with a smart card fare system called the ConnectCard. Riders will be able to load fare money and passes onto reusable plastic cards, greatly reducing the amount of paper used to print passes and tickets.