It’s October, and that means it’s the City of Greenville’s annual opportunity to encourage energy savings through efficiency and conservation.
Committment to Carbon Reduction
Greenlink is Greenville’s public transit system, operated by the City of Greenville, under contract to Greenville Transit Authority. Greenlink offers 12 fixed routes to destinations all across Greenville County.
The Greenlink system also features the downtown trolleys and an ADA paratransit service. All Greenlink buses are accessible for mobility devices, and each Greenlink bus is equipped with a bike rack to make commuting easier for bike riders.
In addition to Energy Action Month, October is also Try Transit Month, which is part of an ongoing initiative to educate Greenville County residents about the economic and environmental benefits of public transit and encourage citizens who don’t typically use public transportation to ride Greenlink.
Public transportation is an important contributing factor to urban sustainability. Effective transportation networks that incorporate public transit help lower a city’s per capita carbon footprint, and make cities more livable by easing commute and transportation needs and increasing accessibility.
Greenlink is furthering its commitment to green energy initiatives through their partnership with local electric vehicle manufacturer Proterra. Greenlink currently has four 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses, which produce zero tailpipe emissions, in its fleet and recently received funding to purchase six 35-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses. In addition to reducing emissions, by deploying electric buses, Greenlink also reduces its overall energy consumption by decreasing the amount of energy required to move the buses.
Visit greenvillesc.gov for additional information.