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Car Pool SignsOne of the primary goals of MassRIDES is to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality throughout the state. Massachusetts ranked fourth in the ‘Bicycle Friendly’ rankings last year, and has a number of options for alternative travel including buses, trains, carpooling, vanpooling, and walking. Earth Month is a great time to join the effort in reducing traffic and improving air quality by choosing green travel modes.

The transportation sector is responsible for 27% of the annual greenhouse gas emissions, second only to electricity. From 1990 to 2013, the percentage of greenhouse gas emissions rose more overall than any other sector.

Earth Month is a great way to try a new and potentially greener transportation option—one that you can look to add into your daily, weekly, or monthly travels. Together, we can reduce the number of single occupancy trips we take, recycle old bikes at one of the state’s bike drives, and save our money by splitting costs through carpooling and vanpooling. Opting for a green commute will not only help improve the environment and our air quality, but it may also save money and time. More green trips could mean more personal time, a chance to catch up on your favorite shows or books, and spending more time with friends and family.

As we take reoccurring green trips—whether it be to work, the store, or somewhere else—make sure to set a repeat trip in the trip calendar on NuRide, the state’s ridematching and rewards program, to capitalize on the local and national rewards you’ll receive as you accrue points for your green travel. NuRide is a free program for those of you who live or work in the Commonwealth. By logging your green trips in NuRide, you’re helping Massachusetts to see overall environmental savings. What’s more is that you can see your individual savings and even get rewards at local and national venues for choosing to be green.

With so many shades of green to Earth Month, now is the perfect time to try a green travel mode to help save money and the environment.

Happy Earth Month, Bay Staters!

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