Sustainability and the MTA
Every time you board an MTA bus, subway or train, you are helping keep 10.4 pounds of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from entering the atmosphere. The MTA avoids about 17 million metric tons of GHG emissions while emitting only 2 million metric tons, making it perhaps the single biggest source of GHG avoidance in the US. Two-thirds of all New York state residents live in our service area and are less auto-dependent than other Americans. We are efficient without compromising health, lifestyle or income. In fact, we outperform our compatriots in most such indices even as our per-capita carbon footprint is the smallest in the country.
This is the magic of public transportation. It benefits those who use it and those who don’t use it. It relieves congestion on the streets, insulates people from swings in energy prices, and ultimately, it benefits the entire world.
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