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Help Keep the Air Clean – Take Public Transportation

RedFish RecyclingYou’re already doing your part for the environment by recycling, but did you know you can go the extra mile by ditching your car from time to time and hopping on public transportation?

Public transportation has numerous benefits to the environment, land use, oil dependency, and even public health. Taking public transportation is one of the most impactful things any individual can do to conserve energy.

Here’s how:

  • Public transportation saves the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline every year. That’s more than 11 million dollars a day.
  • Public transit systems save on land use by decreasing the need for parking lots, roads, and driveways, and reducing requirements for additional water and utility infrastructure.
  • Mass transit can have an enormous effect on greenhouse gas emissions; in the U.S., public transportation saves 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. That’s good news for short-term energy consumption and long-term environmental conservation.

Thankfully, Brownsville has a great bus system, and navigating it is easier than you think. Learn more about the Brownsville Metro to find out about the convenience and accessibility of riding the bus. Or just take a look at a bus route map here.

And of course, taking the bus isn’t the only way to pitch in. Try carpooling to work twice a week, or riding your bike to destinations nearby. Or if it’s close enough, nothing beats a relaxing walk!

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