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Going Green with Port Authority

Why Ride?

Public transit has been green before "green" was a buzzword.

  • According to the American Public Transportation Association, Pittsburghers who use public transit save an average of $9,717 annually.
  • Public transportation use in the U.S saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline each year.
  • In 2011, public transit use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 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.

Hybrid Buses

  • 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.

Clean Diesel

  • 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 fuel blend in its buses that became state mandated on May 1, 2010.

Bikes on Transit

Getting Connected

  • Port Authority has introduced a smart card fare system called the ConnectCard. Riders can load fare money and passes onto reusable plastic cards, greatly reducing the amount of paper used to print passes and tickets.  
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