Commuting to work is a common trigger topic of conversation among those in the workforce. We hear people everywhere talking about the toll that their commute has on them every day. “I was stuck in traffic for 30 minutes,” “The subway was so delayed today,” or “It takes me a full 45 minutes door to door to get into the office.”
Many cities and neighborhoods are now developing greener commuting options for residents. It’s important to stay up to date on these innovations going forward, since they can drastically lower our personal and communal carbon footprints.
In dense metropolitan areas, there are many clean energy options for getting into the office. Biking or walking are the best possible choices that do not contribute to CO2 emissions in the atmosphere the way cars do. The next best option is to use the subway and the bus routes in your area instead of driving a car every day. In addition to these traditional commuting options we all know, many cities are coming up with smarter green options for commuting to encourage sustainable transportation:
Public Transportation Innovation
The future of the New York City bus system is bright, as their Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) currently has a pilot program for electric buses is action. Once properly evaluated, all-electric buses may soon take over New York City if deemed able to efficiently function in one of the biggest cities in the world. This transition would retire all gas powered carbon emitting buses. "As part of our mandate to modernize all of the MTA’s operations, we’re constantly looking at new ways to lower our carbon footprint, and minimize impact on our environment,” said Ronnie Hakim, Interim Executive Director of the MTA. Los Angeles is already a few steps ahead of New York City with this innovation, as the city plans to have its entire 2,200 bus fleet switched to zero emissions buses by 2030.
Another transportation innovation recently presented to the public in Maryland is called Olli. Olli is a self-driving electric mini bus that was introduced into the National Harbor community last year. The technology uses advanced cognitive computing abilities to communicate with passengers, and contributes no fossil fuels to the environment. Olli’s are even available now to be purchased for business, educational, governmental, or personal purposes.
Operating in the Washington, DC metro area is EnviroCAB, a 100% hybrid electric taxi company. Employees take pride in reducing their carbon footprints, as these drivers operate knowing that they are working for the most environmentally sustainable option in the industry. EnviroCAB is producing 60% less carbon emissions than traditional taxi services, and can be your green option for getting home.
Personal Vehicle Innovation
Towns and residential areas that lack the many easily accessible transportation options can be much more difficult to commute from in an environmentally friendly manner, as using a personal car is often the only way to leave your house. Luckily, the vehicle industry has been drastically innovating, as both hybrid and 100% electric cars are now options in the market and are becoming more price competitive with traditional vehicle manufacturers. The Tesla Model 3 came out this past month, at a starting price of $35,000. This make it the most cost efficient advanced electric car in the vehicle industry, and is currently in extremely high demand.
Underground Transportation Innovation
Elon Musk’s Boring Company is currently working on projects to create a hyperloop system between New York and Washington D.C., allowing people to travel in tunnels to the other city in less than 30 minutes, reducing emissions that would be used by other means of transport. It takes a plane about an hour, a train about three hours, and a car about five hours to travel between the two cities. Imagine a world where you could get to a business meeting in DC from New York in 30 minutes? The Boring Company is also looking into these tunnel projects in Los Angeles, which has some of the worst commuter traffic issues in the world.
Moving forward, it’s reassuring to know that we live in an exciting time of sustainable technological innovations that are impacting all areas of our world, making it a better place. Commuting options for those who leave their homes each day to go somewhere else to work will keep improving for the foreseeable future. With innovations in clean energy and environmentally friendly technologies, our footprints will only be getting greener.
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