May 21st, 2013
What Are The Alternatives To Driving The Car
Riding A Bike
Depending on where you live, riding a bicycle is a great alternative to driving a car. It saves you a lot of money each year as well as cuts back the amount of fossil fuels you burn. In fact, riding a bike eliminates all pollution from your source of transportation. In this sense, it is the most ecologically friendly solution.
Taking Public Transportation
Public transportation is an excellent way to Read the rest of this entry »
March 26th, 2013
The demand for effective mass transportation in the greater Seattle area grows each year. Yet the only forms of mass transportation available for commuters in the region are the limited bus system, badly congested ferries, and impractical rail and train systems. These options are expensive and time-consuming compared to commuting by car, and they offer only a marginal improvement in environmental impact. As the populations of Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties continue to climb, mass transportation will become an increasingly salient issue in coming years.
An improved mass transportation system will be vital in allowing Pierce, King, and Snohomish county Read the rest of this entry »
June 16th, 2012
High speed rail is possible anywhere in the world and these counties are no different. However, there are certain things that have to be analysed before high speed rail can become a realistic aim. Current train tracks are fairly old, which means there is no chance they can support a high speed train. Thus, new train tracks will have to be laid out, or current ones will have to be updated. If these updates and upgrades can be done without environmental damage, then Read the rest of this entry »
September 1st, 2011
Many people are choosing to ride the bus because of the increasing gas prices. Others are concerned about the effects that cars are having on the environment. Many people are wondering whether or not buses can work in our counties. The answer is yes, buses can work in our counties for a quite a few reasons. One of the main reasons that bus systems are good for our counties is because they are affordable.
The cost of owning a car is very high, Read the rest of this entry »
August 17th, 2011
Most people forget about public transportation unless they live in a large city, but many small areas have excellent bus systems and no one is using them. Often the bus line does not cover the whole community and so it is difficult to get everywhere you need to go.
The bus can be a very easy mode of transportation though and with a little bit of forethought, most people can get anywhere they want to go. Taking the bus to work is an excellent idea because most Read the rest of this entry »
August 4th, 2011
Rail lines are a good source of alternative transportation for a variety of reasons. Whether it be convenience, respect to the environment or simply price, a rail line is an ergonomic method of traveling.
Rail lines are better for the environment than other methods of transportation. This is because they are typically powered using electricity and move a large volume of passengers at once. This is opposed to a car or taxi, which inefficiently utilizes Read the rest of this entry »
May 16th, 2011
There’s no better time than spring to start a new commuting method and as the weather warms and the rain subsides, why not get out there and start moving more? Getting outdoors is not only good for the environment, it’s good for your body and spirit as well!
Try walking to work if you live close enough, any distance less than about 3 miles. You’ll burn 300 or more calories each way and you’ll feel better about saving gas and harmful pollutants. Be sure to Read the rest of this entry »
April 29th, 2011
E-85 is a flexible fuel, which contains a mix of 85 ethanol, produced from corn, and 15 gasoline by volume. It has a higher octane value than normal gasoline, but must be used by only flexible fuel vehicles. There are currently over 2000 fueling stations that provide E-85.
The amount of money you can save by switching to E-85 depends entirely upon the fuel efficiency of the car you drive, the cost of a gallon of normal gasoline, and the cost of a gallon of E-85. The fuel efficiency of your car will Read the rest of this entry »
April 17th, 2011
The commute to work consumes thousands of hours each year. A majority of commuters choose private or public transportation. One alternative that is often overlooked is car pooling with coworkers.
Taking a single vehicle to work means several people only have to pay for one vehicle’s worth of gas. This can save a considerable amount of money, especially when gas prices are high or for long commutes. Other expenses such as tolls are lessened with each passenger paying a Read the rest of this entry »
December 8th, 2010
The department recognizes the need for management and change since transportation in the state accounts for almost half of the total greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks, planes, ships, and buses. But since effective (and efficient) transportation is crucial to maintaining the area’s economy, WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) has adopted a “Moving Washington” program to help fight congestion and the resulting greenhouse emissions. By the year 202 the program hopes to witness: Travel times improveRush-hour commuters can choose a reliable trip in free-flowing express lanes Fewer collisions mean fewer resulting backupsLess idling in gridlock reduces greenhouse gas emissions and makes our streams and rivers cleanerTransit operates in free-flowing lanes with reliable buses that make connections to light rail and commuter rail Freight flows in and out of Washington ports and farm produce and other goods move rapidly across the state The state is also working to promote and sponsor travel options for commuters that result in greater efficiency by partnering with organizations such as Read the rest of this entry »