Alternative transportation saves you money and decreases your stress. It’s healthy for our environment, and can be healthy for you personally (see biking and walking. Alternative Transportation can be just as quick and convenient—or even more so—than driving.
Here are a few ways you can get started:
- Make a plan. There are many ways to cut down on how much you drive. Think about what makes sense for you. Does your area have access to public transportation? Maybe you live within biking or walking distance of work? If you live in a more rural area, sharing a ride with others may be the best way for you to make a difference. Then again, maybe combining different methods like riding your bike to a public transportation stop will work best for you.
- Join a carpool or vanpool, or start your own. Sharing a ride means sharing expenses—and potentially saving big money. View the self-starter kit for tips on getting started, or use the Match & Ride to find compatible carpool partners with this quick and easy online tool.
- Find public transportation in your area. Public transportation is quick, convenient and cost-effective. And services can be found throughout most of the state. Use the PennDOT Map Search to find bus and rail services in your area, including routes, schedules and discount offers.
- Find statewide bike routes, biking gear and clubs. Hundreds of bike routes across Pennsylvania are cleaned and maintained by the state. Use the PA state bike route maps to find routes near you. You can also find biking gear you need to get started and add or join a biking club.
- Find walking trails, paths, or how walkable your area is. Like bike paths, walking trails and paths are maintained throughout the state. View the trails and path map to find walking paths in your area. Interested in walking to work or finding a walking-friendly place to live? Find out how walkable your neighborhood is with the Walkability Scorecard.
- Request Yield to Pedestrian Signs for Your Community. Yield to pedestrian signs can help heighten motorists’ awareness of pedestrian traffic in an area. Request yield to pedestrian signs for your community.
- Find state programs for older adults and persons with disabilities. Pennsylvania wants to ensure that alternative transportation options are accessible to everyone. State programs and services include paratransit lines and user discounts for seniors. Learn more about accessible transportation.
- Help your employees use alternate transit modes. Employers that encourage workers to use alternate transit modes enjoy a wide range of benefits, including cost savings and increased productivity. Some transportation providers in Pennsylvania support employers in this initiative and offers programs to help. View employer programs in Pennsylvania.
Transportation Management Associations
There are nine Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) in Pennsylvania, operating out of the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions. They are tasked with promoting and implementing congestion reduction strategies, intermodalism, and are utilized as a means of meeting air quality standards. Many of these associations have community-based transportation services you can take advantage of.