No matter where you live or work, you can enjoy the benefits of alternate transportation modes. There are many methods and many options—the key is finding which one (or combination of options) works for you:
- Ridesharing: Save money and energy by sharing your commute instead of driving alone. An ideal option for commuters in suburban or rural areas, ridesharing includes carpooling and vanpooling. Learn more about ridesharing, or get started with a carpool by using the Match & Ride tool.
- Public Transportation: Popular for its affordability and convenience, public transportation is one of the most widely used forms of alternative transportation. It includes bus, rail, streetcar and other services. Learn more about public transportation.
- Biking: Not only is it great exercise but, it can also save you money and help the environment. Even if you can’t bike your entire commute, you may be able to use it in conjunction with public transportation or another alternative transportation method. Learn more about biking.
- Walking: A large percentage of the trips we make by car are short trips within easy walking distance. Start walking when possible and you can make a positive impact on your life and your community. Learn more about walking.
Other Types of Alternative transportation
- Teleworking: Over 4 million Americans work from home, and many more telecommute part-time. As voice and video conferencing, e-mail and other communications technologies become more popular and widely available, it’s likely a trend that will continue. If you think telecommuting might be an option for you, talk to your employer to find out what options are available. Telecommuting just one day each week will decrease your commuting expenses by 20 percent!
- Car Sharing: If you live in a city and want the convenience of owning your own car without the hassle and expenses, car sharing might be the perfect option for you. Unlike carpooling which uses privately owned cars, car sharing uses a fleet of cars, owned either by a car sharing service provider or collectively by the users. The car-sharing process is entirely self service, with reservations usually made via Internet or phone. Unlike standard car rental services which are limited by office hours, car sharing users can access vehicles 24 hours a day. Users typically pay per trip, and can rent cars by the hour or by the day. Insurance and fuel costs are included in the car sharing rates.