Do you know the full benefits of public transportation?
SEVT doesn’t just provide rides, we provide insight, and we’re looking for riders who want to hop on a MOOver bus and join our mission to transport Vermonters in the safest, greenest, and most socially equitable manner possible. Have a look below and you too can “Get There Better.”
TAKING THE BUS:
Improves Health Did you know just walking to and from the bus stop can provide the recommended 30 minutes of exercise each day? Being active helps with physical health and taking transit instead of driving reduces stress. The National Safety Council estimates that riding the bus is over 170 times safer than automobile travel and provides a less stressful ride.
Lessens Traffic Congestion Passengers riding on buses means fewer car drivers, lessening the number of vehicles to clog up streets and freeways. It also means less need for parking lots to take up space downtown.
Provides Mobility and Equity Not everyone can drive. Public transportation offers an option to get people where they need to be. The bus provides a way to get to a workplace, reducing the need for a car to hold a job and earn a paycheck. It also provides access to education, healthcare, childcare, and much more.
Reduces Air Pollution By leaving the car at home, a person can save up to 20 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every day. Buses keep the air cleaner. You can calculate your own cost and carbon savings with our calculators below.
*Source: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – Transportation
Quick Facts on Public Transportation from the American Public Transportation Association
Public transportation is a $74 billion industry that employs more than 436,000 people. 87% of trips on public transit have a direct impact on the local economy.
Public transportation is an immediate way to conserve energy and support our environment. People who use public transportation and/or carpools remove single-passenger vehicles from the road, which leads to improved air quality, stimulation of local economies and business centers, reduce road congestion, and lessens environmental damage.
If one in 10 Americans used public transportation regularly, the U.S. reliance on foreign oil could be cut by more than 40%, which translates to the amount of oil we import from Saudi Arabia each year.
For every passenger mile traveled, public transportation is twice as fuel efficient as private automobiles.
Every dollar invested in public transportation can yield around $4 in economic gains in the community.
Public transportation use lowers household expenses and frees up more income for other needs.
One-fourth of today’s 75+ age group does not drive, making public transportation a lifeline for older adults.