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Buses. A sustainable way to travel. No, really.

Posted by Red Arrow on Oct 26, 2017 3:55:22 PM

Last week, Red Arrow attended Sustainability Awareness Week at the University of Alberta.

Why were we there, you ask? Well, to build awareness of the fact that bus travel is actually one of the most sustainable modes of transportation! 

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We know you look at our big vehicles on the road and think...

"Come on, that can't be sustainable!" And yet, it is!

First of all, one of our Red Arrow coaches has the potential to take 36 cars off the road. Think about it, if our bus is full and every person sitting on that coach could have driven their own car, that's 36 cars...gone!

And, how about the last time you were stuck in traffic? Maybe it was just this morning. Everyone knows the frustration of sitting bumper to bumper in a slow-moving line of cars. Smart Move, a global initiative to find solutions to transportation challenges suggests thinking about it this way: You’re not stuck in traffic. You are the traffic.

Compared to airplanes, trains, or cars, coaches have the lowest carbon footprint. Measured in passenger miles per gallon, coaches are twice as efficient as trains, four times more efficient than an airplane, and seven times more efficient than traveling by car. One gallon of fuel can provide as many as 250 passenger miles on a bus. Compared to other vehicles, coaches have the lowest carbon dioxide emissions. For every person who travels by bus instead of traveling alone in a car, CO2 emissions are reduced by 85%. Moreover, diesel fuel is about 30% more efficient than gasoline, and new types of fuels, such as ultra-low sulfur diesel and biodiesel, are helping to reduce greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide emissions.

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So, if you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and you want to choose a sustainable brand, look no further. Red Arrow has you covered. 

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Topics: General Information, Sustainable travel, Bus vs Car, Bus vs Plane

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