Transportation by the Numbers via Environmental Defense Fund.

Via on Aug 7, 2008

I find often that facts about oil focus on cars. As a non-driver, I need some numbers that hit closer to home and encompass the full picture of transportation. Because I take public transit nearly every day, I liked reading the Environmental Defense Fund’s Transportation by the Numbers, which I just came across. Through this list I found that 20% of America’s public transit agencies are cutting services due to budget constraints. And that there has been a 44% increase in the price of diesel fuel paid by public transit agencies. And, 96% of the world’s transportation energy is currently supplied by oil.  That one made me say “wow.” See the full list here.

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One Response to “Transportation by the Numbers via Environmental Defense Fund.”

  1. Heather says:

    I just read the most amazing anecdote in Bill McKibben’s “Deep Economy” about a city in Brazil that quintupled the number of people who took public transportation by giving busses right of way (busses have their own lane and stop lights automatically turn red for cars whenever a bus approaches, letting the bus breeze through the intersection). It became consistently faster and more reliable to ride the bus than to drive, and the city’s carbon emissions have significantly dropped.

    (I probably butchered the figures…I don’t have the book in front of me right now, but check it out on http://www.billmckibben.com ).

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