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A Sustainable Choice for Commuting

Dave Van Hattum Downtown Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization-Commuter Connection Sharing the ride by carpooling or vanpooling is a sustainable choice for commuting to work. A carpool is one of the most energy-efficient and low-polluting ways to get around town. Pools take up minimal road space and reduce the need for …

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Bus-Only Shoulders Move Transit Commuters Past Congestion

Metro Transit Nearly 20 years ago, Metro Transit pioneered a simple way to get buses out of congestion by traveling on the shoulder instead of sitting in rush-hour congestion. In 1992, it experimented on a few miles of freeway and liked the results: bus drivers could stay on schedule, commuters …

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Commuter Rail is on its Way!

METRO TRANSIT Beginning in late 2009, the Northstar Commuter Rail Line will offer efficient transportation from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis, helping ease traffic congestion-and the resulting emissions-in one of the state’s fastest growing travel corridors. Trains can carry the equivalent of nearly one-and-a-half lanes of highway traffic at peak …

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Environmental Impacts of Air Travel

ELI EFFINGER-WEINTRAUB Do It Green! Minnesota Aircrafts account for 12 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from US transportation sources and three percent of our total carbon dioxide emissions. The US is responsible for nearly half of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft. Airplanes emit nitrogen oxides, which are chief contributors …

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Green Cars: What You Need to Know Before Buying a New Car

Sam Garst Sierra Club North Star Chapter’s Green Government Initiative February 26, 2001 was Green Car Day at the Minnesota State Capitol. Rather than just visit legislators to talk about a clean, healthy environment, the Sierra Club showed legislators real solutions for protecting our environment. Legislators, staff, and the press …

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My Car Convinced Me to Take the Bus

Deb McKinley Minnesota Technical Assistance Program, U of MN The benefits of riding the bus are clear: Reduced air emissions Emit less carbon dioxide – a factor in global warming – by burning fewer gallons of gas Reduce traffic congestion, have more time to read, remove yourself from the isolation …

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New Transitways: Hiawatha, Central, Southwest and More!

Dave Van Hattum Policy and Program Manager, Transit for Livable Communities The opening of exciting new transitways in the Twin Cities is on the horizon over the next 10 years. At the same time, funding and integration challenges remain. The Twin Cities region is poised to add two new light …

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Oily Food

Steven L. Hopp Americans put almost as much fossil fuel into our refrigerators as our cars. We’re consuming about 400 gallons of oil a year per citizen-about 17% of our nation’s energy use-for agriculture, a close second to our vehicular use. Tractors, combines, harvesters, irrigation, sprayers, tillers, balers, and other …

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On the (Budget) Road

Thomas Handy Loon Suzanne Sheridan When you’re traveling on a budget, sometimes it seems like you can’t get anywhere. For the resourceful and cash-strapped hobo/wanderer, however, there is always a way. Getting out of Minneapolis and most other cities isn’t so hard. There isn’t one way that is perfectly safe, …

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Reduce Your Commuting Costs by Asking Your Employer about Metropass

Bob Gibbons Metro Transit More and more Twin Cities businesses large and small are helping employees underwrite the cost of commuting by bus and train. Employees within a company frequently become the catalyst for a company-sponsored transit benefit by asking their employers to examine Metro Transit’s premium business partnership called …

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Rideshare Program in St. Paul

St. Paul Transportation Management Organization (TMO) In 2007, the St. Paul Transportation Management Organization (TMO) brought the nation’s first incentive-based ride network, a national web-based organization called NuRide, to the seven-county metro area. Estimating that a 10% increase in ridesharing decreases congestion delays by 50%, the TMO believes everyone would …

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Save More than the Price of Gas | Metro Transit Can Help You Go Greener

Peter Raeker Metro Transit An average Twin Cities commuter contributes about 2.6 tons of greenhouse gas emissions by driving alone to work. Multiply that volume of pollution times the number of people driving alone each day and it adds up to a serious impact. Each time you don’t get behind …

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Tips for Reducing Waste While Traveling

Do It Green! Minnesota Parts excerpted from www.reduce.org “The less we take with us into the mountains, deserts, forests or waters, the more their spirit informs and enlivens us. We should be as reliant on our wits as much as possible and on “things” as little as possible. This means …

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Top 30 Environmentally Friendly Vehicles

A research firm J.D. Power and Associates from California has released its inaugural Automotive Environmental Index (AEI) study, which lists the top 30 environmentally friendly vehicles listed in alphabetical order below: Acura RSXCar poolingChevrolet AveoChevrolet CobaltFord Escape HybridFord FocusFord Focus WagonHonda AccordHonda Accord HybridHonda CivicHonda Civic HybridHonda InsightHyundai AccentHyundai ElantraKia …

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Twin Cities Transit: What’s Next?

Katie Eukel Transit for Livable Communities Investing in a region-wide transit system is a significant step toward reducing Minnesota’s global warming pollution. Think about this: there will be one million additional people living in Minnesota by 2030. If Minnesota had a 21st century transit system, it would reduce car travel …

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Worry Less About Gas Prices and Consider Alternatives

Sara Grochowski Do It Green! Minnesota For many of us, daily commutes to and from school or the workplace is an accepted part of life. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Minnesotans spend an average of 5.79% or $2,377 of their annual income on gasoline expenses. Considering these rates …

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