Commuter

Choose an Efficient Vehicle
A car that gets 20 miles per gallon (mpg) will emit about 50 tons of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. A car getting 40 mpg will emit half that much. When buying your next car, pick the least polluting, most-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. Maybe it's an innovative hybrid that combines a gasoline engine with electric motors (and never needs to be plugged in). Or maybe it's a station wagon instead of an SUV.

Over the average lifetime of an American car, a 40-mpg car will save roughly $3,000 in fuel costs compared with a 20-mpg car, so compare fuel economy performance before you buy. Visit the Fuel Economy website to find and compare cars.

Drive Smart
Get your engine tuned up and keep your tires inflated -- both help fuel efficiency. If all Americans kept their tires properly inflated, gasoline use nationwide would come down 2%. A tune up could boost your miles per gallon anywhere from 4 to 40%. A new air filter could get you 10% more miles per gallon.

Drive Less
When possible, choose alternatives to driving such as public transit, biking, walking, or carpooling.

Bundle your errands together so you'll make fewer trips.

Consult local transit schedules.

Whenever possible, live where you work or work where you live. If you work in West Chester, consider looking for a place to live here. If you live in West Chester, consider finding a job here. Besides saving fuel, you'll appreciate the time you save not commuting. (The average US commuter spends 24 minutes per day, and a 100 hours per year, commuting. - US Census 2003)

Carpool / Vanpool or Share-a-Ride Program

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission coordinates a Share-A-Ride Program - a free computerized service that could potentially match you with convenient transit services, car pools, van-pool groups, even walking and bicycling opportunities if you work in the 5 county southeastern Pennsylvania region.

You can learn more by visiting the Pennsylvania carpool online resource or by calling the Office of Marketing and Commuter Services at 215-592-1800 or via email.

Ask Your Employer About Employee Trip Reduction Programs
Many employees can use transportation alternatives part-time, if given suitable support and incentives. Ask your employer about company travel reimbursement policies that reimburse bicycle or transit mileage for business trips, rather than only reimbursing automobile mileage.

Monthly transit passes can be purchased as a tax-free benefit (under Section 132(f) of the United States Internal Revenue Code). The money spent by the employer, and employee are tax-deductible as a business expense and employees can save over $100 per month from federal income tax, FICA taxes, unemployment or workers compensation / disability insurance costs.

You can learn more by visiting the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) resource.