Drive Less

Personal vehicles are the biggest source of ozone-forming emissions in Central Texas. Driving less is one of the most important ways that you can help improve air quality in the region. In addition to reduced emissions from your own vehicle, driving less also helps reduce congestion on the roads generally, which also helps reduce emissions. Read on to find out how you can drive less while still getting where you need to go.

How Much does your Commute Cost?

Enter your commute and vehicle cost information into the calculator to get your monthly cost for commuting. It might be more than you think!

Use Transit

Transit provides a low-cost, efficient way to get you where you need to go, while reducing the number of the cars on the road and helping improve air quality. While taking the bus or train, you can also make better use of your time on the road by reading or doing work rather than worrying about driving. Depending on where you live in the region, the Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority (CapMetro) and the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) can help get you around the region.

CapMetro Rail
source: CapMetro http://www.capmetro.org/metrorail/

Bike and/or Walk

Biking and walking are zero-emission sources of transportation that help keep you healthy. Consider riding your bike or walking when taking trips, especially if they are nearby.

Bike Image

Carpool or Vanpool

Share a ride. Carpooling and vanpooling reduces the number of vehicles on the roads which can improve air and save you money on gas and vehicle maintenance. For more information about local carpool or vanpool programs visit:

CapMetro Ride Share Photo
source: CapMetro http://www.capmetro.org/rideshare/

Telecommute

A telecommuting program within your organization can reduce the number of commutes to and from the office by staff. This may also help increase work productivity while reducing vehicles on roadways.

Combine Trips

Plan out your trips so that you stop at the grocery store on the way home from work, rather than having to take a separate trip and using up extra gas. Non-commuting mileage makes up a much bigger share of your driving than you may realize!

Join Mobility Solutions

In order to improve mobility and keep Austin a great place to live and work, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin + SocialGood, Capital Metro, the City of Austin, and Texas Department of Transportation are teaming up with mobility experts at The Thrival Company, RideScout, and Movability Austin to provide employers with the tools, training, and consulting support to build and grow mobility programs that will get more of their employees out of traffic and enjoying mobility options. For more information visit http://www.mobilitysolution.org/.