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The most effective way to use less fuel is to find alternatives to driving. Transportation alternatives are much like alternative fuels, there is no one-size fits all solution. Each alternative has its own set of challenges and benefits. Below are several resources to help you learn more about the local alternatives that are available to you.
Using public transit saves maintenance and fuel costs as well as traffic and parking hassle. Utah Transit Authority (UTA) continues to grow their network of buses and light-rail to accommodate customers along the Wasatch Front. Visit RideUTA.com and UTARideShare.com to learn more about the options available to you and to route your next trip. www.rideuta.com
Special Note: In 2007, UTA set goals to reduce its Particulate Matter (PM) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions by 80% by the year 2015. In 2010, UTA partnered with Utah Clean Cities Coalition to purchase 20 hybrid electric clean diesel buses. UTA continues to transition their entire bus fleet toward new technology that would not only meet today’s stringent federal standards but to introduce alternative clean fuel buses, as well. In 2013 UTA acquired 24 new CNG buses, which will help address air pollution, energy efficiency, greenhouse gases and oil dependency concerns. By choosing CNG as an alternative clean fuel, UTA continues its commitment to improving the quality of life for Wasatch Front Residents, and to reducing and controlling emissions along the Wasatch Front - UTA’s service area.
Getting from point A to point B by walking not only benefits the environment by reducing fuel consumption and emissions, it also benefits your health by integrating physical activity into your daily routine.
Biking is another form of active transportation (like walking) that benefits your health and the health of the community.
Bike Share: GREENbike is a 501(c)3 non-profit bike share program in downtown Salt Lake. GREENbikes are designed for short trips in the city by people wearing regular clothes and carrying ordinary stuff. The bikes are one-size-fits-all and the only thing you adjust is the seat. Members can take any bike, from any station, as many times as they like for a small membership fee. Too far to walk but too short to drive? Take a GREENbike: greenbikeslc.org
Bike Routes: http://www.mapmyride.com/us/ut/
The TravelWise program was developed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to address the transportation challenges Utah faces in light of unprecedented population growth. It is a set of strategies that encourage Utahns to use alternatives to driving alone. The state of Utah has asked individuals, businesses and organizations to implement TravelWise strategies in an effort to reduce energy consumption, optimize mobility and improve air quality, ultimately improving the quality of life in Utah. http://travelwise.utah.gov/
Have you perfected your alternative transportation strategy? Think about challenging family, friends and/or co-works to find the solution that works for them, and have some fun while doing it: Clear the Air Challenge.