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RTA Encourages Commuters to Celebrate Earth Day_Friday 2016

April 22, 2016

Learn two ways transit helps the region

CHICAGO – The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), along with the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace, are celebrating Earth Day today and encouraging everyone to celebrate Earth Day this year by riding the region's transit system and celebrate its benefits to our planet.

All week, the RTA celebrated Earth Day, sharing information on ways transit helps the region. As we celebrate our last day, RTA encourages everyone to share this information on social media pages using the hash tag #EarthDayChi and remind friends and family about the many benefits transit offers our region.

Today’s two benefits of our region’s transit system are:

  • Millennials are drawn more toward living in urban communities where cars are less necessary and walking, biking and public transit are more of an option.
  • The Red Line South reconstruction reduced the commutes of more than 80,000 riders by up to 20 minutes.

Earth Day is one of the largest events in the world when people of all ages and backgrounds pledge to improve and protect the environment. The first Earth Day, celebrated nearly 45 years ago, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.                                    



Learn more about the transit’s system plan for improving sustainability by reading the Chicago Regional Green Transit Plan at CTA’s Going Green site at Learn more about Pace’s “Go Green with Pace” by visiting  For all the latest transit news, visit the RTA’s blog, Ride On.

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Melissa Meyer

Communications Manager
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