America needs to get back to work soon and in a manner that will not jeopardize all of our efforts over the last couple of months to flatten the curve and end this threat. This website is the collective voice for you, the commuter, that is needed to provide the most up to date and specifically tailored commuter-sourced transportation system possible that will buffer the spread of this plague now and in the future.
Mission Transit is shooting to launch its first commuter lines in July 2020.
One of the metrics Mission Transit focuses on to measure success is the Passenger Mile per Gallon Hour. This Metric incorporates energy consumption and speed of travel all into one number that can be used to compare different means of transit.
For example, a 56 passenger bus travelling 50 mph @ 5 mpg for 10 miles would have a Passenger Mile per Gallon Hour of (56*50*5 mpg)/(10 Miles) = 1400 Passenger-Miles per gallon-hour. In Contrast, a passenger car carrying 2 people the same distance at 50 mpg amounts to only 500 Passenger-Miles per gallon-hour.
It is evident by this comparison between a Gas Powered Passenger Bus and even an Electric Vehicle, The Passenger Bus is the better option for the environment.
If you tried to exceed the amount of Passenger Miles per Gallon Hour you could get with a bus by using any other form of transportation on a given highway, you would fail. That failure would look a lot like a traffic jam.
If a 25 mile commute by one 56-passenger bus with a fuel economy of 5 mpg replaces 56 1-passenger commutes averaging 25 miles each with a fuel economy of 30 mpg, the total gas saved would be 10,800 Gallons per year which equates to 108 Tons of Carbon Dioxide per Year per Bus. To put that in perspective, in 2017, NYC transportation accounted for 15.43 million tonnes of CO2. Just 1,000 buses could reduce this number by over 1 Million Tons of CO2 per year.
According to Todd Litman, the founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems, "Public transit has relative low crash rates per unit of travel... Intercity and commuter passengers have about 1/20th, urban rail passengers about 1/30th, and bus passengers about 1/60th the traffic fatalities per 100 million passenger-miles as automobile travel ."