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DTA promotes "Try Transit Week" - May 18 - 22

Published: Expires: 5/22/2009

MN/DOT offers cash prizes for taking the Greater Minnesota Commuter Challenge Pledge

In an effort to heighten awareness of public transportation services in the Twin Ports, the DTA and the Minnesota Department of Transportation are encouraging residents to take the "Greater Minnesota Commuter Challenge Pledge" during Try Transit Week – May 18-22.

Those taking the Greater Minnesota Commuter Challenge Pledge to try public transit during Try Transit Week or at least one time before July 20, 2009 will qualify for cash prizes. Register for the Greater Minnesota Commuter Challenge by pledging online during Try Transit Week at www.duluthtransit.com

Try Transit Week is held to promote the benefits of riding public transit – reducing energy consumption, air pollution and traffic congestion.

Try Transit Week and the Greater Minnesota Commuter Challenge are sponsored by the DTA, Mn/DOT and Wis/DOT and is supported by the American Public Transit Association and the Federal Transit Administration.

MN/DOT Office of Transit will announce winners on August 3, 2009.

The Benefits of Public Transportation

Saves Money:

  • According to AAA, the total cost to drive a car is about 54.1 cents per mile.
  • Public transit provides an affordable, and for many, necessary alternative to driving.
  • According to the American Public Transit Association, transit use can reduce the need for an additional car, a yearly expense of $8,600.
  • Even after gas prices came down, Americans continued to utilize public transportation in great numbers, 10.7 billion trips in 2008 - the highest level in 52 years.

Helps the Environment

  • Each year, public transportation use saves the equivalent of 34 supertankers of oil, or a super tanker leaving the Middle East every 11 days.
  • Public transportation reduces the nation's carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually - equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households.
  • Public transportation reduces pollution and helps promote cleaner air.
  • Riding the DTA is one of the most helpful things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Cars alone account for nearly half of household emissions created by a typical two-car American family, the study finds, and says that switching to public transportation has a greater environmental impact than using compact fluorescent bulbs or adding insulation to an attic.

Provides Opportunities

  • Public transportation provides access to job opportunities for millions of Americans as well as a transportation option to get to work, go to school, visit friends, or go to the doctor's office.
  • By 2025, and estimated 20 percent of the population - one in five people - will be over 65. Providing mobility options is critical for older Americans.
  • Public transportation systems provide a vital link to the more than 51 million American's with disabilities.
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