How Does Your Car's Emissions Compare to Transit?

Today many assume that transit is greener than traveling by car - meaning that it produces lower emissions. This misconception is driving planning - and resulting in support for expensive transit-oriented development projects.

This new Planning for Reality article looks into the real facts of the matter. Better yet, it's interactive - so you can see how the car you drive today, or the one you'll be driving in the future, compares to transit in the fight to combat climate change.

Read the full article on Planning for Reality >>

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Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr February 15, 2014 at 08:49 PM
THIS is why SMART is smart. Check the CSX television advertisement. They haul freight cars at one gallon of fuel per car per 100 miles. The SMART cars will haul about 40 people for half of the pollution of one person in a car.
Concerned Citizen February 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Not sure I understand the comparison. It seems to indicate that mass transit works when the masses use it. The trade-off is he 20 hours out of 24 when they run under-used. That needs to be factored with "rush hours" and then we can better equate whether this makes any sense. I find it alarming that the only way this does work is packing high density housing along transit corridors hat in many cases do no even exist. This part of the equation seems flawed and corrupted to serve another purpose. Sort of a wolf in sheep's clothes. Feeder lines, carpools, appropriate size car parks to handle use seem to be more attractive yet totally ignored by the advocacy for stack and pack housing. I believe given the opportunity of real mass transit many would prefer to use but as seen elsewhere not as the cost of individual freedom and needs.


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