RTA, Service Boards Encourage Residents to Go Green (And Save Some Green) by Taking Transit on Earth Day
April 17, 2017
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), CTA, Metra and Pace are celebrating Earth Week – culminating in Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 – by encouraging the region’s riders to use the region’s transit system and celebrate its benefits to the planet.
“If you don’t usually take public transit, Earth Week is the perfect time to check out the benefits,” said RTA Executive Director Leanne Redden. “Public transit is the fast, convenient, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to get around Chicagoland.”
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 47 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 Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.
CTA, Metra and Pace all reduce their impact on the environment:
Even those who don’t ride transit benefit from what it does for our environment:
In addition to going green, public transit is a great way to save some green – the annual savings for a person in our region who switches from commuting by car to commuting by public transit is $11,415. Furthermore, the RTA’s Transit Benefit Fare Program can save riders up to 40 percent on commuting costs by deducting pre-tax funds from their paycheck to pay for their transit fares.