Public transportation is environmentally sound transportation
The problems are evident
Everyday millions of people sit in traffic, alone in their cars, as they
commute to work, school and other destinations around Chicagoland. The nation
is dependent on foreign oil, the environment is polluted with carbon emissions,
and road congestion robs drivers of hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars
But there is a solution
Imagine fewer cars on the road. Imagine no need for Ozone Action Days. Imagine
sitting back and relaxing during your daily commute, letting someone else take
the wheel while you get to and from work, school or other activities. All of
this is possible with public transportation. Reducing traffic and improving
the quality of our community's environment are some of Pace's top priorities.
By providing quality public transportation options, Pace can help residents
of Northeastern Illinois reduce their carbon footprint, protect the environment
for present and future generations, and conserve natural resources. In fact,
Pace's family of transit services already removes more than 100,000 cars
from our roadways every day.
Pace is a part of the solution
Pace follows federal guidelines relating to clean diesel and for the maintenance
of different engine types to maximize productivity and minimize pollution.
We use ultra-low sulfur fuels that meet all federal requirements.
Pace provides its employees with $75/month incentive to use a vanpool.
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Pace recycles tires that can be used for playground flooring, tire retreading
and even for tire derived fuel.
Pace has begun using transit signal priority which saves fuel and reduces
carbon emissions released into the air by buses idling at a red light.
Pace purchases 30-foot E-Z Rider II buses from El Dorado National. These
new fleet additions have transmissions and hydraulic systems which utilize
synthetic fluids that extend drain intervals (every 75,000 miles instead of
12,000) for reduced environmental impact.
Pace has hybrid small buses in use in Schaumburg and Elgin, and, now, two
full size hybrid buses in use in Highland Park.
Pace and the City of Highland Park debuted two new, hybrid
buses in 2012 that can reduce the suburban bus agency's fuel usage and pave
the way to further use of green technology. The buses are powered by a diesel-electric
hybrid drive system which, similar to hybrid automobiles on the market, switches
between an electric motor and a diesel engine to conserve fuel and reduce exhaust
Facts & Figures provided by the American Public Transportation Association
Public Transportation Reduces Greenhouse Gases and Conserves Energy:
The "leverage effect" of public transportation reduces the nation's
carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually - equivalent to the electricity
used by 4.9 million households.
To achieve a similar reduction in carbon emissions, every household in New
York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles combined would
have to completely stop using electricity.
People living in households within one-quarter mile of rail or one-tenth
mile from a bus stop drive approximately 4,400 fewer miles annually compared
to persons in similar households with no access to public transit.
This equates to an individual household reduction of 223 gallons of gasoline
Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption:
The "leverage effect" of public transportation, supporting transportation
efficient land use patterns, saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline - more than
three times the amount of gasoline refined from the oil we import from Kuwait.
Public transportation use saves the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups
The typical public transit rider consumes on average one half of the oil
consumed by an automobile rider.