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We know that the financial impact of the transit benefit is extraordinary. But its impact on our environment may be even more remarkable. Consider these facts:
- When people make the switch to public transportation for their daily commute, they can reduce their daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds. That's more than 4,800 pounds. Every year.
- In 2010, transit benefit users reduced their carbon emissions by nearly 2 billion tons. This is the equivalent to the carbon emissions from the electricity used in over 110,000 homes for one year.
- The use of public transportation has the same environmental impact as recycling 551,000 tons of waste and planting 41 million trees.
The transit portion of the commuter benefit is a proven example of an incentive that brings a rare combination of economic and environmental benefits without direct government intervention.
Commuters that use bicycles cut their commuting costs even more by reducing the need for car ownership or minimize the total operating costs of cars they own, thus increasing environmental savings.