Calgary Transit and the Environment
When you use Calgary Transit as part of your trip, you are not only getting a cost- effective way to travel, you are also reducing your environmental impact on the environment.
The downtown remains the most important travel destination in the City, with about one-fifth of all Calgary jobs located there. In 2011, 50% of trips into downtown (AM peak hour) were made by Calgary Transit, 39% by private automobile, 9% walked and 2% cycled.
Transportation by automobile is considered the least sustainable passenger transport mode. By balancing the transport modes used in the downtown and city-wide, the City and its citizens can reduce environmental, social and economic impacts of an automobile-dependent transportation system.
The mode split is determined by manually counting the number of people entering downtown by automobile (as driver or passenger), transit, walk and cycle, and diving each number by the total number of people using all modes. In 2011, the automobile usage was 39% while the use of Calgary Transit climbed to 50%. Since 2006 Calgary Transit has been the preferred travel mode used to enter the downtown during the a.m. peak hour.
What can you do to help?
Ride Calgary Transit!
By using Calgary Transit instead of your private vehicle we can reduce smog related pollutants. In 2012, Calgary Transit helped reduce CO2 greenhouse gas emissions by over 320,000 tonnes vs. customers driving private vehicles.
Take The Bus
A single bus can carry as many people as 41 cars, with emissions per passenger-kilometre is close to one quarter the level of cars. The buses used by Calgary Transit are cleaner-burning, use premium quality low sulphur diesel fuel and have maintenance performed on them regularly.
Take The CTrain
A three-car C-Train can carry over 600 passengers, equal to 545 private vehicle trips. And the great thing about the C-Train it is in powered 100 per cent by renewable energy. This initiative made Calgary the first wind-powered public transit system in North America and reduced CO2 emissions by over 56,000 tonnes in 2012.
Ride Your Bike
Calgary Transit is working to help cyclist get around Calgary. Calgary Transit’s bike programs allow customers to ride to the CTrain station and lockup their bike before boarding transit, take their bike on the CTrain and our new program, "Bikes on Buses" lets customers put their bikes on the bus on front mounted racks.
Please see the link for more information:
Try carpooling, walking or cycling. Check out the City’s main webpage for more information:
So what are you waiting for? Ride Calgary Transit today. Your health and the environment will thank you for it.
Downtown am peak and Mode Split
City of Calgary Transportation Data
March 2012 Issue#40
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