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
Join us at our leg agenda launch mixer, read about our transit safety work, explore Tacoma by transit, and get involved.
We know that transit is one of the safest modes people can use to get around — but there’s still a significant conversation about safety on transit right now. One of Transportation Choices’ top policy priorities is continuing to improve ridership and the transit experience for riders, operators, and other frontline staff.
Legislative session is right around the corner and our team at Transportation Choices Coalition is hosting a Leg Agenda Launch Mixer to kick off this special time of year. Join us on Wednesday, December 13, from 4:30–6 PM in downtown Seattle (details will be sent upon...
Highlights and photos from our 2023 gala fundraiser, Tuxes & Trains: Waves of Change, as well as some exciting news announced publicly at the event.
Our November newsletter includes our new strategic plan, two new team members, upcoming events, and opportunities to get involved.
We’re proud to announce our 2023 inductees into the Transportation Choices Hall of Fame! This year’s awardees represent a diverse group of individuals, programs, and organizations that are helping to create sustainable and equitable transportation systems that serve...
After more than a year of collaborative planning, reflection, and engagement work, we are thrilled to share Transportation Choices Coalition’s 2023-2026 Strategic Plan! Since our 2018 Strategic Plan, we have grown as advocates and as an organization, and our new plan...
Our October newsletter includes our new report, Youth Perspectives on Transit, highlights from A Week Without Driving, an upcoming inclusive transportation webinar, and opportunities to get involved.
In response to new Youth Ride Free policies that have been implemented across Washington, Transportation Choices Coalition wanted to learn more about youth perspectives on transit. Young riders are now able to ride for free, but what other challenges or opportunities...
Our September newsletter includes new openings of light rail and bus rapid transit to celebrate, events on building walkable cities and reimagining downtowns, and opportunities to get involved.
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