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Protect the Environment; Ride a Bus

Monday 20 April 2009

FirstGroup America Says Buses Are Eco-Friendly Option
This Earth Day, you can reduce your carbon footprint by simply leaving your car in the garage and taking the bus.

People often overlook the fact that public transit and school buses replace a significant number of cars on the road, making them an environmentally sound transportation option. Research shows the typical automobile driver can reduce individual daily carbon emissions by more than 4,800 pounds per year by using public transit(1).

In a recent survey of 1,000 adults conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for FirstGroup America, only 56 percent of respondents thought school buses were somewhat environmentally friendly(2). The truth is, one school bus alone eliminates 36 cars. With more than 480,000 school buses on the road each day, that’s nearly 17.3 million fewer vehicles on the streets(3), leading to reduced congestion, emissions and road wear.

Today’s buses are more environmentally friendly than ever before thanks to cleaner burning engines, specialized particulate filters and alternative fuels.

By riding the bus, we can all make a difference on Earth Day - and every day. 

Green Facts About Buses:
- Using public transportation saves the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.(1)
- School buses save a total of 2.3 billion gallons of fuel each year for the 17.3 million cars they replace on the road.(3)
- Driving five miles in a car emits 1.27 tons of CO2. By taking a bus, that carbon footprint shrinks to only 0.12 tons.(3)

1. American Public Transportation Association, 2009
2. FirstGroup America phone survey of 1,000 adults in U.S. by Opinion Research Corporation, March 2009.
3. American School Bus Council, 2008

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