The real cost of transportation - Part 3: public transit

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The real cost of transportation - Part 3: Public transit

Having your own car is pretty great, but there are other good ways to get around that are cheaper and better for the planet. Here's a look at public transit, car sharing and taxis.

When you choose public transit over taking a car, you produce 65% less greenhouse gas (GHG). 

In Canada, on average, a one-way ticket on public transit costs $3.25 while a monthly pass will set you back $78.

Road space needed to transport 60 people: 60 cars take more space than 60 bikes, which take more space than 1 bus.

Car sharing: Own a car for a few minutes, an hour, a day or longer!

Advantages of car sharing
  • Economical: Rates by the hour, kilometre and day.
  • Easy: Gas, insurance and maintenance included.
  • Practical: Different plans for different needs. Can be combined with the bus, train, taxi or Bixi.
  • Better for the environment: Every car-sharing vehicle replaces roughly 8 privately owned vehicles.
Taxi
Pros:
  • 1 vehicle can take several passengers
  • No need to worry about parking
Cons:
  • Not always readily available depending on where you are
The figures cited in this infographic are based on studies conducted in the United States and Canada (specifically, Quebec). 

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