Cleaner Commute Philadelphia

The decision we make on how to get to work, run errands and recreate have a profound impact on our budget, quality of life and the environmental footprint. Reducing the pollution produced by a “one person, one car” commute has a major impact on the region’s air quality. Transportation is the fastest growing sector in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. The Council recognizes that transportation is also an environmental justice and equity issue. The Council works to reduce the number of vehicles on the road for commuting purposes by being a strong advocate for public transit, biking and walking, and carpooling.

Promoting expanded public transit has been a high priority for the Council since its inception. Over the years the Council has supported federal and state policies that provide increased funding for public transit. The Council is a strong supporter of a federal transportation bill that favors public transit, and has made its passage with strong support for rail and bus service a high priority. Over the years the Council has worked closely with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) to improve its customer service and public input, including conducting rider satisfaction surveys.

The Council's Mobility Alternatives Program (MAP), Cleaner Commute Philadelphia, works to reduce the impact of local traffic congestion and poor air quality by providing information to employers and employees about a wide range of alternative transportation options. These options help employees save time and money on their commute, and help companies improve their benefit packages, employee morale, and their bottom line.  There are MANY alternatives to the single-occupancy vehicle. Some of the options Cleaner Commute Philadelphia promotes are:  



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The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering H.R.

Summary: The Clean Air Council (Council) has received a Transit Support Program grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to conduct an Off-Peak Regional Rail Transit User Survey (survey) addressing station accessibility.  “Off-peak” will be limited to day-time SEPTA regional rail users outside traditional rush hour periods.  The goals of the survey project are to determine how perceptions of station accessibility impact the off-peak rider’s decision to use regional rail rather than drive to the City and to help identify opportunities for both system improvements and marketing improvements that might increase off-peak and overall ridership.  The Council will also distribute an individualized transit marketing piece to off-peak riders and potential off-peak riders who complete a survey, providing such participants with the information needed to use public transit on a more frequent basis.

<--break->This survey seeks to answer a number of specific questions relating to regional rail station accessibility that would promote off-peak Regional Rail usage. In addition, the survey will determine the top reasons why off-peak riders are traveling to the City.  Knowing their reasons for having to travel in the first place will help SEPTA improve its marketing towards these potential public transit riders.

Clean Air Council staff reached out to attendees of the 2011 Philadelphia Auto Show.  Thanks to SEPTA's graciousness for providing space at its table, the Council passed out information and spoke to Auto Show participants about TransitChek on their way to exhibitor halls.  Because transportation is a large source of pollution in the Philadelphia region, it was good to inform car enthusiasts about alternatives to driving to work, such as public transportation.