Protect the Environment
Taking Regina Transit to and from work can help save the environment. The energy used by a passenger taking transit over 40 years is equal to the energy used by an automobile driver in just 4 years.
As well, the Canadian Urban Transit Association estimates that for every kilometre a passenger travels on public transit, they create 65% fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when compared to that person travelling alone in a personal vehicle. By shifting travel from automobile to public transit, Canada could see a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The report National Vision for Urban Transit to 2020, commissioned by Transport Canada, states that public transit has numerous benefits to the environment other than GHG emissions reductions. These other benefits include:
- A reduced need for new road construction
- Improved air quality due to less vehicles on the road
- Reduced traffic congestion
- Healthier downtowns
- Improved social mobility
- Positive impacts on economic sectors such as tourism and export development