The Denver Post: Green public transit key to metros' future
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This article discusses a new report on sustainability and the New York City transit system, calling not just for more transit but linking land use and zoning to transit accessibility.
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MTA's buses, subways and commuter trains already remove more than 3 million drivers from the roads each day.
And they do it at twice the energy efficiency of the most advanced hybrid cars, registering a massive "carbon avoidance" benefit.
The high-density, high-transit model translates into per capita energy consumption at just one-quarter the national average.
But the secret is not just having more transit lines — though the commission recommends the MTA do just that.
It's about shifting zoning and other policies to make sure the lion's share of new residential and business development is located in transit-accessible city and neighborhood cores.
And then insisting the "last mile" of transit accessibility be covered by flexible feeder buses as well as pedestrian and bike improvements.