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RTA Encourages Commuters to Celebrate Earth Day_Monday 2016

April 18, 2016

Learn two ways transit helps the region

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

“Whether you're a regular, occasional or a “never before” rider, we are extending an invitation for you to make this week the week you ‘get on board’ and enjoy the many environmental, economic and health benefits of using our world-class transit system,” said RTA Executive Director Leanne Redden.

Earth Day is Friday, April 22, but the RTA will celebrate Earth Day all week, sharing information on ways transit helps the region. The 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:

  • Public transit use saves the equivalent of 900,000 car fill-up every day.
  • Transit saves rush-hour drivers $400 a year by reducing the number of cars on the road.


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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