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Travel Choices Can Help the Environment

With two sustainability-related awareness days on the national calendar, May is an excellent time to consider the many environmentally friendly travel options available in Orange County.

May is both Clean Air Month and EcoDriving Month. Here are some options for reducing contributions to air pollution, protecting the environment and saving money on fuel by choosing travel alternatives that replace or reduce car trips.

Offering nearly 60 routes, OC Bus provides a car-free way to travel for work or play throughout Orange County while helping reduce pollution. As part of its plan to transition to a zero-emission fleet by 2040, OCTA is testing plug-in battery electric buses and hydrogen fuel cell buses to determine which technology, or combination of technologies, works best in Orange County.

Another way to travel without a car is to use Metrolink. With three lines and 12 stations in Orange County, the passenger rail service is a convenient, comfortable way to travel locally and to other counties. Metrolink is the first rail agency in the nation to power its entire fleet of locomotives by 100% renewable fuel that burns cleaner and reduces harmful emissions.

Another option is a vanpool, a sort of “super carpool” for commuters with common schedules and similar work and home destinations. Members travel together in a leased van, which helps take cars off the road and reduces pollution. OCTA can help employees with expenses and offers complimentary, no-risk program implementation and management for employers.

Click here to learn more about these options and the many ways OCTA safeguards Orange County’s land, water and communities.