Public transit is inherently good for the environment. But we don't stop there.
Port Authority's Green Mission
We are committed to sustainable measures that help the environment and encourage both transit use and intermodal commuting.
Sustainability is part of daily business to enhance regional quality of life by:
|Reducing car trips by carrying more riders|
|Supporting smart regional growth|
|Fostering transit-oriented development and improved transit access|
|Designing and building greener projects|
|Operating fleets and facilities more efficiently|
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 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 percent 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 fuel blend in its buses that became state mandated on May 1, 2010.|
Bikes on Transit
ConnectCards greatly reduce the amount of paper used to print passes and tickets.