FARMINGDALE, NY (PIX11) – In honor of Car Free Day, commuters are encouraged to use greener ways to get around town.
Now in its 10th year, Car Free Day is recognized in more than 3,100 cities in 50 countries around the world. Rosemary Mascali started Car Free Day Long Island. She, along with Cathy Rinaldi, interim president of the Long Island Railroad and president of Metro-North, celebrated the milestone at Farmingdale State College.
“Every time someone takes the Long Island Rail Road, or a bus, or rides a bike, or walks instead of driving, they help improve the air quality on Long Island,” Rinaldi said.
According to transportation officials, thousands have taken the pledge, resulting in 53,472 miles saved, preventing 27 tons of carbon emissions. It is made possible with the help of this coalition and travelers who use greener methods of transportation.
However, there is more work to be done. The transit system is doing its part by implementing a fleet of electric buses, commissioning two blocks of the Third Main Line project and providing additional services, such as the new terminal at Grand Central/Madison, which is expected to begin in end of this year.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, vehicles are one of the leading sources of outdoor pollution and the fastest growing source of carbon emissions, which ultimately lead to climate change. The big concern on Long Island is people driving alone.
“It’s like 80% in Suffolk and 70% in Nassau County,” Mascali says.
“People can bike on the weekends and take transit during the week, or telecommute a few days a week. Now this is huge in terms of the impact of reducing vehicle miles travelled,” she added.
Following these simple tips would bring us even closer to protecting our future.
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