Responsibly - Without a Car
Your Environmental Impact
Energy - Save Money - Arrive Relaxed
planning a vacation, do you assume driving is necessary?
you drive your own car when distances permit?
plan a car rental after your flight arrives?
there even another option? Is traveling without a car possible?
traveling without a car possible? Not only is it possible, it is
safer, better for the environment, saves energy, reduces hassles
and costs less. Driving may appear necessary, but car-free travel
is possible in much of the United States and Canada. Public
transportation is available to, and locally within many popular
destinations and is continually being introduced in new areas and
expanded in existing locations. When public transportation
doesn't serve your destination directly, but is available nearby,
walking, biking, taxis and car-sharing offer convenient options
for the last few miles. In
addition to being an enjoyable way to get to your destination,
biking and walking are great exercise and provide the opportunity
to experience the area you are passing through more intimately.
you use public transportation for commuting to work, shopping
and other local errands, you are already familiar with the
benefits it provides. Amtrak,
and a number of smaller carriers operate extensive networks of
intercity trains and buses making long distance trips by public
transportation possible with all of the same benefits.
Connecting local services add thousands of destinations to the
cities in North America maintain extensive local public
transportation systems, making city vacations without a car
effortless. Congested city streets with limited or expensive
parking make it a logical option. That doesn't mean you need
to drive when visiting rural or non-urban areas. Public
transportation is available in many of these areas as well.
Tours are frequently an option when visiting destinations not
directly served by public transportation or if you prefer the
expertise of an experienced guide.
we use more and better public transportation? The transportation
infrastructure in Europe, where service is available to almost
every destination and is frequent and reliable, makes it obvious
that public transportation in North America could be improved.
Locations served, frequency of service and reliability are all
areas needing improvement. Public transportation in the United
States and Canada, however is an option more often than many
realize. When combined with tours, biking, walking and taxis, the
possibility of traveling without a car becomes even more feasible.
Whether you are traveling to visit friends or relatives,
vacationing or for business, it is frequently possible to get you
to your destination without using a car.
recent years, the need for environmentally sound transportation
has become obvious: transportation that uses less fossil fuel,
that emits less toxic gases and transportation that helps
eliminate the need for more or larger roads. We
are becoming painfully aware of our contribution to
environmental problems when traveling by private automobile,
one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gases and other
pollutants. Traveling via public transportation is one of the
most effective ways to reduce environmental impact.
transportation use by travelers is one of the most effective
actions one can take to reduce environmental impacts as well as
reducing the use of increasingly scarce fuel resources.
economic crisis and the resulting fluctuations in fuel costs
currently being experienced are convincing ever more people to
consider public transportation as a viable option for at least
a portion of their travels. In the last few years, public
transportation ridership has increased to levels not seen in
years and more than half of public transportation issues on the
ballot have been approved by voters. As this demand continues
to increase, additional service, both of frequency and areas
served, will most likely be forthcoming to accommodate the
you are traveling near home, you are probably at least somewhat
familiar with the available transportation services. When you
travel further afield, this information may be more difficult to
there service to the town or point of interest you plan to
train or bus line serves the location?
there service directly to your destination or do you need to
walk, bike or take a taxi for the last few miles?
your destination far enough from transportation services that a
rental car or car-sharing service is necessary for part of the
often does the train or bus operate?
is the fare?
there service restrictions that may affect your plans?
answers to these questions can sometimes be difficult, but not
impossible. The goal of this website is to provide the
information and resources necessary to plan a trip using public
transportation as an alternative to driving.
the links to the left to help find public transportation
services, service providers, tour operators, biking and walking
resources, car share and rental information, timetables, maps
and other pertinent information. These links are helpful
whether using public transportation for your entire trip or
flying longer distances and then using public transportation
locally. They are also helpful when combining public
transportation with tours, bicycling, walking and other forms
of car-free travel.
plans are for more detailed information for specific
destination categories such as national parks, ski resorts,
beaches, state parks, major cities and other popular
destinations. Current information will also be updated as new
information is discovered and new services introduced.
comments, suggestions, criticisms and any details you feel should
be included, deleted or changed. All information will help
travelers who prefer to leave the car at home and enjoy a relaxing