Go Green: Why Taking the Bus Is Good for the Environment

charter busYou’ve probably heard about greenhouse gases and how they may be causing global warming. But did you know that the primary cause of greenhouse gases is motorized vehicles such as cars and trucks?

If you drive your car just 30 miles per day, you add about 8,800 pounds of greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere annually.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Using a charter bus to get to where you are going is better for the environment and the reason why is based on pure mathematics:

Assume two vehicles are traveling to a concert venue or sporting event that is 100 miles away. One vehicle is a car containing a single person. The other is a charter bus that contains 40 people.

A Real-World Example

Let’s say the car averages 20 miles per gallon in gas usage. That means it would burn approximately 5 gallons of gas to make this single trip.

Because it’s bigger and heavier, the bus averages only 10 miles per gallon. So it would burn approximately 10 gallons of gas to travel the same distance.

So the car burned 5 gallons of gas per person to travel to the concert. But even though the bus burned more fuel to make the same trip, it burned only 10 gallons for 40 people — or .25 gallons of gas per person — to travel the exact same distance.

Greenhouse Emissions

Multiply that by the emissions each gallon of gas creates when it is burned and you can see how much more efficient the bus is than the car.

Then there’s the cost of discovering, pumping, refining and delivering that fuel to consider, as well as the impact on the environment.

When you take all of these factors into consideration, it’s easy to see how much better it is for the environment to take a charter bus rather than travel in your own car when traveling to an event or destination.