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There are many health, financial and environmental reasons for choosing alternative forms of transportation.

Want a good reason to…Take the bus? Ride Your Bike? Catch a Train? Carpool? Walk?
We have plenty!  Whether is saving money or saving the planet or staying healthy, transportation alternatives to driving can help.  Explore this page to find your Reason Why to try an alternative today!

  • Roll over the illustrations on the map below to get healthy, environmental, and pocketbook reasons how Washingtonians can make better transportation choices!
  • One in three Washingtonians doesn’t get enough exercise. Are you one? Walking, biking and taking transit help keep you active.  In fact people who take the bus or train everyday get their 30 minutes of recommended physical activity!
  • Transportation is the second largest household expense 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.
  • Transportation emissions account for more than half of our climate change emissions causing a loss of snow pack, which in turn affects water supply during critical times of the year for salmon.
  • 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.
  • In Washington, driving accounts for almost 60% of air pollution. Research has linked air pollution with childhood asthma and stunted lung growth.
  • 3.6 million Americans 65 or older stay at home because they lack transportation options.
  • The annual economic impact of car crashes in the U.S. is $164.2 billion – an average of $1,051 per person!
  • 85% of all transit riders walk at one or both ends of their commute.
  • Bike, walk or carpool (priority parking) and avoid parking hassles, parking tickets or being towed.
  • Driving increases the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and its trade deficit.
  • 710,000 pounds of petroleum and toxic chemicals flow into Puget Sound every year in the form of motor oil spill, drip, or runoff from paved-over areas. Pavement cannot soak up water, polluted water runs off into streams, hurting fish and other wildlife.
  • Transit riders save time: they can work, read, or even nap in a carpool, bus or train. Plus each light rail train carries 200 people in the space of 3 moving cars!
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