Letter: Mass transit is not to blame for pollution

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To the Editor:

This is in reference to "Broad new transportation advocacy coalition launches." I quote: "Abby Bleything of the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition helped deliver the pitch. She pointed out that 'Electrifying school and transit buses will jumpstart Vermont's transition into a more sustainable fleet. By tackling our most inefficient and polluting vehicles on the road first, we gain considerable benefits both in terms of human health and the health our environment.' "

This is not correct. Transit may get 4.5 miles per gallon, but it carries far more people per vehicle. The thousands of private cars averaging only about 1.2 persons per vehicle are really the most inefficient and polluting vehicles. The next biggest polluters are the thousands of trucks. Transit's contribution to pollution is insignificant, it serves a vital need, and it is already underfunded.

Where are they supposed to get the money for these expensive vehicles and charging stations? It is counterproductive to blame transit. Transit should be enhanced, not forced to cut service due to bans on non-electric vehicles. For far less money than conversion of existing services, smaller buses with advanced routing and scheduling that can efficiently serve small cities and rural areas can should be advocated instead. They would improve the lives of the many people currently dependent upon chauffeuring in private cars.

Eric Bruun

Helsinki, Finland

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