February 2021
Volume 4, Issue 5

Sustainable Transportation

Transportation Statistics 

Getting to work, school, and to the grocery store are integral parts of our daily lives. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, transportation accounts for 28% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States.[1] GHGs, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O), trap heat within the atmosphere which contributes to climate change. From personal cars on the road to the gallons of gas used on average, we’ve included different statistics for the United States overall, as well as Texas specifically, that can help show how large the transportation sector is.

[1] https://www.epa.gov/transportation-air-pollution-and-climate-change/carbon-pollution-transportation

Emissions[2]

  • S. general transportation = 1,905.1
  • Texas general transportation = 232
  • All emissions are in millions of metric tons of CO2 for the year 2017

[2] https://cms.bts.gov/energy-consumption-and-co2-emissions

Energy Consumption[3],[4]

  • British Thermal Unit (BTU) = amount of heat required to raise temperature of 1 lb. of water 1° F
  • S.
    • Total consumption per capita = 309 million BTUs
    • Gasoline consumed = 16,573,443 billion BTUs
  • Texas
    • Total consumption per capita = 498 million BTUs
    • Gasoline consumed = 1,705,075 billion BTUs

[3] https://cms.bts.gov/energy-consumption-and-co2-emissions

[4] https://cms.bts.gov/state-transportation-sector-energy-consumption

Commuting Statistics[5]

  • S. Overall
    • Number of vehicles on road = 276,491,174
    • ~ 76% of commuters drove alone in a vehicle
    • ~ 9% of commuters carpooled
    • ~ 5% of commuters used public transportation
  • Texas Only
    • Number of vehicles on road = 23,007,146
    • ~ 80% of commuters drove alone in a vehicle
    • ~ 10% of commuters carpooled
    • ~ 1% of commuters used public transportation
  • All statistics for the year 2019

[5] https://www.bts.gov/commute-mode

Car Share & Carpooling

Efforts to make campus transportation more sustainable also expands to motorized vehicles. Transportation Services offers several charging stations for electric vehicles in parking garages across campus.[6] However, they also offer easy alternatives for Aggies to share rides, rent vehicles, or park off campus and then be shuttled onto campus.

[6] https://transport.tamu.edu/Alternative/ev.aspx

Zipcar & Rideshare

Do you need to drive somewhere that isn’t on a bus route, but don’t have access to a car? Not a problem! Transportation Services offers Zipcar, a car-sharing service offered on university campuses around the United States.[7] Simply apply online using a valid driver’s license to get approved and be able to rent a Zipcar by the hour or by the day for a small fee. Faculty, staff, and former students associated with the university may receive discounts on their Zipcar memberships.[8] Rideshare Solutions is another method for Aggies to reduce their transportation footprint. Users log onto the rideshare portal and can post whether they need a ride or are offering a ride.[9] It’s a simple way for students to connect with their peers and get where they need to go.

Park & Ride

For students, faculty, and staff who have a personal vehicle, but do not want to purchase an on-campus parking pass or whose home is not on a bus route, can take advantage of the Park & Ride service. Simply drive to the Park & Ride lot located at the First Baptist Church of College Station and hop on Route 34 (Fish Camp) to get to campus.[10]

  • All statistics for the year 2017

Biking & Bike Share

Bike shares are a great way to get the health and environmental benefits of biking without worrying about the upkeep and maintenance that comes with having a personal bike. Transportation Services offers a variety of services for Aggies to utilize whether it’s taking care of their own bike or using one of the VeoRide bike share bikes.

VeoRide

Texas A&M’s Alternative Transportation unit has worked tirelessly to provide students an option for cheap, sustainable transportation. One of their initiatives has been the VeoRide bikeshare program that allows students to purchase semesterly memberships or pay by the ride.[11] This allows students the freedom to bike to and from class without worrying about the expensive upkeep that can come with owning a personal bike. It’s as easy as downloading the VeoRide app on your phone and using your TAMU email to create an account. Aggies can then upload funds onto their account that allows them to unlock a VeoRide bike to get around campus. When you’re done, simply lock the bike back to a bike rack to end your ride. Your account is charged based on the amount of time you used the bike.

[11] https://transport.tamu.edu/Alternative/bicycles/bikeshare.aspx

Bicycle Concierge Service

            Do you want to bike more around campus, but are unsure of what is the best route? Are you concerned about bicycle safety? You are in luck! Alternative Transportation offers a Bicycle Concierge Service. This service allows students to work with staff to address bicycling concerns and develop a custom plan on how they can reach their cycling goals. To get started, take their survey here. This program is also open to faculty and staff.

Public Transportation

Tapping into public transportation methods can also significantly reduce your negative environmental footprint. The university has its own fleet of Aggie Spirit Buses that allow students, faculty, and staff to get around campus and go to popular off-campus locations, including the grocery store. Anyone with a TAMU or Blinn ID can also utilize the Brazos Transit Service to access even more places.[12]

 

Transportation Services is always examining news ways to help students, faculty, and staff get from place to place while also being good environmental stewards. These are just a few of their current programs. A full list of current and upcoming initiatives can be found on their website at https://transport.tamu.edu/default.aspx.

 

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[12] https://transport.tamu.edu/Transit/service.aspx#BTDcollapse