To encourage new ridership, Tri Delta Transit has partnered with 511 Contra Costa for a “Try Transit Challenge” from the week of April 25th through the week of May 16th. During this time, non-riders are challenged to use public transit just once a week for four consecutive weeks. The first 1000 participants who register will receive four free day passes provided by 511 Contra Costa. Registration forms are available here, at ValPak, and in local newspapers. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win prizes such as an Apple iPad, gift cards, and transit passes.
The Benefits of Public Transportation
- In 1950, driving a car 10,000 miles annually cost 9 cents a mile, and gasoline sold for 27 cents per gallon. In 2010, driving a car 10,000 miles annually cost 73.9 cents a mile, and gasoline sold for $2.603 per gallon. (data from AAA)
- Public transit provides an affordable, and for many, necessary alternative to driving.
- According to the American Public Transit Association, transit use can reduce the need for an additional car, a yearly expense of $7,393.
Helps the Environment
- Each year, public transportation use saves the equivalent of 34 supertankers of oil, or a super tanker leaving the Middle East every 11 days.
- Public transportation reduces the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually – equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households.
- Public transportation reduces pollution and helps promote cleaner air.
- Riding Tri Delta Transit is one of the most helpful things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Cars alone account for nearly half of household emissions created by a typical two-car American family, the study finds, and says that switching to public transportation has a greater environmental impact than using compact fluorescent bulbs or adding insulation to an attic.
- Public transportation provides access to job opportunities for millions of Americans as well as a transportation option to get to work, go to school, visit friends, or go to the doctor’s office.
- By 2025, and estimated 20 percent of the population – one in five people – will be over 65. Providing mobility options is critical for older Americans.
- Public transportation systems provide a vital link to the more than 51 million American’s with disabilities.