Why Ride?

What are the benefits of riding public transit and the POINT?

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    • Public transit helps our local economy. Transit located close to safe, walkable streets helps encourage shopping at nearby businesses. Additionally, homes that are close to a public transit stop often have higher property values which helps the owners when they sell or rent.

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    • Riding public transit instead of driving is good for the environment.
      Transportation is now Oregon’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Riding public transit instead of driving alone lowers your CO2 emissions and carbon footprint, helping reduce air pollution and improving air quality. In the U.S., it’s estimated that public transportation prevents 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted per year.

Transit agencies are helping too: In Oregon, agencies like TriMet are switching to alternative fuel sources such as renewable diesel, natural gas and propane, or to electric buses, with the assistance of DEQ’s Clean Fuels Program. The companies that operate the POINT for ODOT are also given financial incentives for using alternative fuel sources for their buses.

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    • Riding public transit is good for your mental health. From having to fight traffic, to finding place to park, to high gas prices, to the risk of a crash, driving can be stressful for most of us and even very scary for some. Most Americans don’t really like driving that much in the first place. Riding transit takes away the stress of having to drive altogether! Public transit also helps riders—especially those who don’t or can’t drive—gain access to social and recreational opportunities and improve their access to healthy food, employment, and medical services. All of this decreases social isolation and improves overall well-being.

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    • Public transit helps people get where they need to go. 600,000 Americans stop driving every year due to old age. Many more don’t drive due to a disability, because they cannot afford to own a car, or because they choose not to. Public transit like the POINT helps people who don’t have a lot of other travel options get to doctor’s appointments, go shopping, take vacations, connect to other transportation services, and much more.

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