Want a good reason to take the bus, ride your bike, catch a train, or walk? We have plenty! From saving money to saving the planet, these transportation options can help.
- Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State, averaging around 50% for the last several years.
- Seventy percent of cancers caused by airborne pollutants come from diesel exhaust.
- At least 14 million pounds of toxic chemicals flow into Puget Sound every year including motor oil spill, drop, or runoff from paved-over areas.
- In Washington, driving accounts for almost 60% of air pollution.
- Each light rail train can carry 200 people in the space of 3 moving cars.
Be More Active
- One in three Washingtonians doesn’t get enough physical activity. .
- Walking and biking are good exercise and good for your health. They burn calories, build muscle tissue, strengthen the cardiovascular system and help control weight.
- People who take the bus or train are more likely to get their 30 minutes of recommended physical activity each day.
- 3.6 million americans 65 or older stay at home and are less mobile because they lack transportation options.
- Transportation is the second largest household expense, only behind housing.
- Households that live further away from transit spend more than 45% of their budget on housing and transportation costs than households that have transit access.
- The percentage of a family’s income that is spent on transportation is highest for the lowest income earners: 8.2% for high-income and 15.7% for low-income.
- The annual economic impact of car crashes in the US is $277 billlion.
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Ways to Explore Washington State
You don’t need a car to explore the state! You can get from Seattle to the coast by taking public transportation. Here are some testimonials from people who’ve tried it and resources for you to start your own adventure.
News & Updates
Please join Transportation Choices Coalition for a special edition *virtual* Transit Talk. We are gathering our community to share space and discuss how the coronavirus is impacting transit and our day-to-day lives. Topics will include cuts to services, long-term impacts and planning, and what you miss about riding the bus. There will be opportunities to ask questions of experts in the field and time to share your own experiences.
Join Senator Saldaña, Representative Shewmake, and Climate Alliance partners to debrief our Transportation for All work in Olympia this past legislative session, and learn about how COVID-19 is affecting our state’s transportation system, funding, and transit...
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The short 2020 legislative session ends this Thursday, March 12. With Sine Die only days away, we are thrilled that Don't Block the Box is on its way to the Governor's desk and closely following final budget negotiations. Here is the latest as we push through the last...
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