VTA is committed to creating a greener Santa Clara Valley through its Sustainability Program. The Sustainability Program seeks to strengthen VTA's commitment to the environment through the conservation of natural resources, the reduction of greenhouse gases, the prevention of pollution, and the use of renewable energy and materials.
Sustainability Benefits of Taking Public Transit
VTA riders help the environment by reducing traffic congestion, saving fuel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving regional air quality. According to the American Public Transportation Association, public transit:
- Reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 37 million metric tons annually
- Saves the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually—more than 11 million gallons of gasoline per day
- Provides an affordable alternative to driving. A person who switches their daily commute by car to taking public transportation is estimated to save $13,167 every year. Individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $1,097 per month- even more as the price of fuel rises.
VTA is a founding signatory of the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Sustainability Commitment and has achieved Gold Level Recognition for its sustainability efforts.
Sustainability is a key component of VTA’s mission and Strategic Plan.
VTA regularly evaluates its consumption of fuel, energy, water, and other resources. Annual Sustainability Reports include data on VTA’s operations and describes current and past sustainability accomplishments.