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$9,641 = Annual Savings Taking Public Transportation In USA

Also published on CleanTechnica. Riding public transportation is a vital means of saving money, money that can much more happily be spent on other things than on owning, driving, and maintaining a car. Transit riders can forget about auto insurance, car payments, fuel costs, tuneups at the mechanic, expensive broken car parts, etc. The American Public […]

November 29th

Chicago Takes Transportation To The Skies

A whole new form of public transportation may be coming to Chicago soon, one that literally flies over issues of road use — a sky gondola. Framed more as a tourist attraction, the development would offer 30-minute rides and aerial views over the Chicago River. The concept is one of a few aimed at increasing […]

September 5th

Chicago to Replace Half Of All Rail Cars

The Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) approved a $1.3 billion contract to replace nearly half of the rail cars in service – 846 cars to be exact – the largest such purchase in the authority’s history. Over the next 10 years, the new series of rail cars will […]

March 25th

Chicago Transit Authority Decreases Slow Zones

Not faster than a speeding bullet but Chicago‘s public transportation has achieved the city’s fastest train service since 1997 according to ChicagoNow.com. Blogger Kevin O’Neil recently wrote about Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) completion of many track modernization projects over the last 4 years. The construction and repairs have resulted in a record low  5.5%, level […]

March 17th

#1 US City For Biking In Office Clothes Is…

Via Gas2: By Jo Borras As you may already know, 2015 is the year of #everydaybiking, and the guys over at People for Bikes came up with a great way to celebrate it — with a question. That question was, on the surface, very simple: What is the #1 city for _____ biking in the […]

October 9th

Average Public Transit Savings = $16,185 A Year in NYC

We are all aware of the financial argument for using public transportation — it is way, way cheaper. Weighing out the costs and benefits is tricky, but the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) monthly Transit Savings Reports have made it beautifully clear. Ranking the savings for the 20 cities with the highest rates of public transportation use, the […]

September 15th

New Bike Friendly Businesses — Texas Instruments, The World Bank Group, & More

If you like clean air and water, face it, this makes you an environmentalist. Bike-friendly businesses are an encouraging face of environmental support — for employees and customers alike. Our country is redefining ethics in transportation and energy sources. Rich and poor alike are affected by toxic fumes, bad water, dirty air, and dirty oil. So, […]

May 4th

Divvy — Bike-Sharing System Debuting In Chicago In June

In just a month, Chicago will finally have its own large-scale bike-sharing program, providing thousand of bikes to residents via hundreds of solar-powered stations spread throughout the city. The system, dubbed Divvy, will debut in June with a few hundred bikes spread throughout 75 solar-powered docking stations. It is supposed to rapidly expand after that, […]

April 30th

Chicago — Solar-Powered EV Car-Sharing & Solar-Powered Airport

Chicago may not be the first city many people think of when they think of solar leaders — it shouldn’t be — but it has been on the leading edge of green for awhile, and a couple new announcements out of the windy city keep that trend going. 1. A non-profit car-sharing program in Chicago, I-GO, […]

December 10th

10 Most Climate-Ready Cities in the U.S.?

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D. recently came up with a methodology to rank large cities in the U.S. based on how much they are preparing for or trying to counter climate change. He then went on to create and publish a top 10 list of the most “climate-ready” cities. While I think the term “climate-ready” is sort of a mistake, since he focuses more on efforts to stop climate change not adapt to it (which is what I would assume “climate-readiness” would be about), I think the overall idea and methodology looks great.

June 28th

Transit: Huge Issue for Chicago Voters, Not on Potential Mayors’ Agenda

Chicagoans (yes, that would be residents of Chicago) love public transit. Even non-users support mass transit (maybe because it saves them a ton of time). But candidates running for Mayor of Chicago (election to be on Feb. 22) are hardly mentioning this topic… or transportation, in general, one of the most critical day-to-day issues for […]

January 28th

Save $9,656 a Year, Ride Public Transit

Well, that’s how much you’ll save if you’re the average American. Could be a little less or a little more depending on where you live. The point of the matter is, however, you can save a ton by riding your local public transit. (I would also note that you can use your time on transit […]

January 26th