The Public Transportation Industry and Sustainability
The public transportation industry is often at or near the center of discussions about sustainability. The bottom line is that public transit systems reduce the number of vehicles on the road. This saves fuel and it saves on emissions. For example, compare the emissions of one bus with 50 passengers versus those same passengers driving 50 separate cars. The reduced emissions have a tremendous effect on the air quality of our cities.
A move toward public transportation, then, is already a move toward sustainability. However, the question that the managers and operators of public transportation systems should be asking is, how can we improve further? These can be big problems and solutions or small ones. For example, partnering with cities to implement programs to decrease congestion and promote ridership. On the other hand, actively searching for ways to reduce or recycle waste is a simple and efficient way to help an operation’s bottom line. Below are a few ideas to improve sustainability in the public transportation industry.
Reduce Barriers and Encourage Ridership
Getting more people to use public transportation should be priority number one. Look for ways to increase access to public transportation and incentivize its use.
Lower-Flow Plumbing Fixtures in Facilities
With the sheer number of passengers moving through bus and train stations, public transportation systems can use a tremendous amount of water. By switching to low-flow fixtures in sinks and toilets, public transit systems can reduce water usage by 30%.
LED lighting fixtures are eight times more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent lighting, with bulbs that last eight times longer. LED lighting is also three times more efficient than fluorescents.
A Greener Option for Clean
Cleaning products are often full of harsh, toxic chemicals like bleach, ammonia, and chlorine. However, environmentally friendly options are available that are botanically derived without losing any cleaning effectiveness. It’s a sustainable move that can also increase your indoor air quality.
A Safer Way to Clean for Sustainability
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