With the introduction of the Pro Terra buses Tallahassee is reaching a new benchmark in transportation sustainability having the largest all electric bus fleet in the country.
The new buses were introduced recently by Star Metro and they represent the city's commitment of sustainable initiatives and a breakthrough in the public transportation arena.
The estate of the art charging station has the ability of quickly charging the buses on the route within minutes and it is located on the C.K. Steele plaza at one of Star Metro's central station in Downtown.
Hoping that ridership increases, the all electric buses already represent a unique way to continue placing Tallahassee as a prime and modern community not only in the State of Florida but also nationally.
For more information about Star Metro, bus routes and schedules please visit their website by clicking here.
The week of October 21st was the perfect opportunity to learn about alternative transportation at FSU campus.
The Strive Not to Drive was a week long of events dedicated to increase awareness about different ways of moving around Florida's Capital without using your car.
Check out FSU news for an article regarding the event
It is funny to me how people deal with rising gas prices; some decide to make groups on social media sites suggesting that that you shouldn't put gas on "X" gas station or not to put gas on certain date to show the gas companies that we need them to lower the prices... well sadly none of those tactics work, why you might ask? well because there is no impact being made on what we as consumers can really control which is consumption; if we use less we will spend less and actually if enough people took this approach there will be a decrease in demand and therefore a decrease in prices (Supply Vs. Demand).
The million bucks question is how to reduce consumption, well most of the world's oil is used for transportation so that will be a great place to start. Even if you choose to neglect the huge impact that green house gases have in our enviroment and how we are changing life in our planet for the worse look at it from an economic perspective and how much it impacts your pocket. Here is my personal story and how I concluded ridesharing was the best thing I could do for my finances and the environment:
I commute every week between Orlando , FL and Tallahassee, FL about 270 miles each way and on average I spend about $43.50 per trip in gas, by looking at the numbers I rideshared last year and dividing it by all the number of trips I took I saved about $12.50 so I was able to reduce my gas expenses by about a quarter (I estimate my overall ridesharing allowed me a cost reduction on my gas expenses of about $1,300 a year), another great benefit is the reduction on carbon foot print, for every person that rideshares with me we are keeping about .2 metric tons of CO2 from going in the atmosphere per each one way trip (by comparison of having two cars on the road instead of just one).
But ridesharing is not only for long trip commutes, short trip commutes are also feasible for ridesharing, your own neighbors, friends and coworkers can also be interested on sharing the ride with you; you save money on gas and wear and tear on your cars if you split the drive.
Below is a link for an article about ridesharing from the New York Times that I had the opportunity to contribute for: