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 first or 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
Via Rail, Greyhound
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 possibilities.
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 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 and reduce
the use of increasingly scarce fuel resources.
economic crisis and the resulting fluctuations in fuel costs we
are currently experiencing 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 demand.
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
Is there service to
the town or point of interest you plan to visit?
Which 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?
Is your destination
far enough from transportation services that a rental car or
car-sharing service is necessary for part of the trip?
How 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 “Pubtrantravel” 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.
Steve Atlas' “Car
Free Journeys” section for detailed information about
popular destinations where visiting without using a car is not
necessary for an enjoyable trip.
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