Yale's Transportation Options office helps faculty, staff and students explore commuting options.
In addition, it has teamed up with NuRide, a tracking and incentive website for people using alternative transportation. For miles that you do not drive, you earn points that are redeemable for coupons for many local and national businesses.
A commuter living in Guilford who drives a fuel efficient hybrid would spend $662 monthly to drive and park in New Haven. A monthly Shoreline East train ticket is just $79, saving $583. That's $6,996 annually. The miles not driven prevents the following auto emissions: 2.5 lbs. nitrogen oxides, 1 lb. volatile organic compounds, and 413 lbs. carbon dioxide. (cost data supplied by commuteinfo.org and environmental data calculated by nuride.com)
Driving less -- for your health, even just for a day
The American Public Health Association has declared climate change “one of the most serious public health threats facing our nation.” The ways we travel affect the rate of climate change. You can reduce your carbon emissions and improve your health by riding a bike or walking to your workplace or meetings at least one day a week. A recent study co-authored by YSPH associate professor Mayur Desai found that even for people who exercise in their free time, walking or biking to work has enormous health benefits, especially to the cardiovascular system.
Surrounded by hills, highways, and a harbor, New Haven breathes in the air pollution it creates from traffic. Researchers at the YSPH Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology showed us that with their exposure model developed in 2010. New Haven has the highest fine particulate emissions in Connecticut, making it the second worst city for asthma in the United States.
When you choose to walk or bike to work instead of driving, even just for a day a week, you can burn calories, save money, and reduce the fossil fuels polluting the environment.