Green Your Commute!
||During the summer months, high temperatures, sunlight and harmful air pollutants combine to form smog. Ozone is the key component in smog, and many scientific studies have associated ground-level ozone pollution with serious health problems, such as aggravated lung disease and decreased lung function. It can also trigger and intensify asthma attacks. Children, the elderly, and people already suffering from lung disease are especially vulnerable to its effects.
Through the Office of Sustainability and the Knozone program, the City of Indianapolis issues Knozone Action Day alerts when the Air Quality Index (AQI) forecast predicts conditions that will form high levels of ground-level ozone. Making changes to your commuting behavior can positively impact our air quality in Indianapolis. Check out stats and resources below to learn about alternative commuting options and benefits of transit.
- In 2010, Americans took 10.2 billion trips on public transportation.
- 35 million times each weekday, people board public transportation.
- Public transportation is a $55 billion industry that employs more than 400,000 people.
- More than 7,200 organizations provide public transportation in the United States.
Public Transportation Helps People Save Money
According to APTA’s Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $10,000 a year by downsizing to one car.
Public Transportation Provides Economic Opportunities
Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns.
Public Transportation Saves Fuel and Reduces Congestion
The latest research shows that in 2009, U.S. public transportation use saved 785 million hours in travel time and 640 million gallons of fuel in 439 urban areas.
Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption
Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit.
Public Transportation Reduces Your Carbon Footprint
One person switching to public transit can reduce daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.
Public Transportation Enhances Personal Opportunities
83 percent of older Americans acknowledge public transit provides easy access to things they need in everyday life.
- Watch IndyGo's How to ride video.
- Use IndyGo's Quick Trip Planner, Google maps, or the Maps app from your Android or iPhone for easy transit trip plans.
- Check out IndyGo fares and purchase passes.
- If you're outside Marion County, there still may be a transit option that works for you! Check out our Regional Transit Partners.
- Find a carpool match. Enter your home address, work address, and hours you work in the Ride Share database, and Commuter Connect will attempt to find you a good match for carpooling.
- Form a vanpool. Commuter Connect offers vanpool services.
- View the Indianapolis Bikeways map.
- Check out Sustain Indy's bicycle resources.
- Watch Sustain Indy's Bike Lane PSA.
- Read the IndyCog blog, sign up for the newsletter, or peruse the site for events, articles, safety tips and all things bicycle in Indy.
- YMCA Bike Hub is conveniently located downtown. The Bike Hub offers secure indoor bike parking, a full YMCA gym and even a shop for bike gear. Bike to the hub and hop on a bus to reach your final destination! Most IndyGo routes converge on Ohio Street, just behind the Hub.
- Familiarize yourself with bike lane markings for safe travels. If you're in a car, Share the Road!
- Transit passes are eligible expenses for pre-tax spending, offering an additional savings.
- Committing to green your commute at least 3 days a week qualifies you for a federally-funded Emergency Ride Home program.