21. Use public transportation.

Last week we talked the ‘walk’ versus driving benefits. This week we pile-on the driving disdain with a suggestion to choose public transportation over driving. Choosing to use public transportation not only reduces traffic and air congestion it also reduces disdain congestion - it’s usually a more carefree commute and it provides your current and future self with much-valued cash-savings. 

To help you ‘Use public transportation’, here’s a simple 2-step process:  

1 - Walk (or drive?) to the nearest public transport depot.

2 - Smile and look at someone in the eyes when you get on the (bus, ferry, train, subway, cable-car) and see if you can get people to smile back. 

In addition to saving cash, carbon outputs and general commute disdain, your future you will get a kick out of the return smiles you get from your fellow commuters who may have had an ‘unwilling to smile’ sort-of-day up until then.  

P.S. - It’s been reported that Corporate Housing companies help people use public transportation because corporate housing is all about efficiency and we help our guests find their easiest and smile-filled commute to their work. We also tend to give-out free smiles.  

P.P.S - A new statute passed that starting in July 2023, DC’s bus system will be fee-free.  https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/30/dc-free-bus-bill-becomes-law-zero-fare-transit.html


This series is focused on Simple Sustainable Actions - based on Stephane Omsanski’s article in Parade from 2021.


21. Use public transportation.

Public transportation is another great way to reduce emissions. Since public transit can transport dozens of people all at once, it cuts down on energy/fuel/emissions needed and made. If 30 people take public transit, that's a lot fewer emissions than if 30 people separately drove their own cars.