Taking transit has a number of personal and environmental benefits.
Taking public transit can eliminate time spent delayed in traffic – especially during rush hour. Public transit also saves you time searching for a parking spot. Transit is a time-efficient option and will get you to your destination using the most direct route. Buses using designated High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are able to travel more efficiently and are less likely to be stuck in traffic.
Regular public transit users can reduce costs by buying monthly passes or participating in the TTC’s Volume Incentive Program. In addition, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit for the cost of buying a monthly (or longer duration) pass for commuting on buses, streetcars, subways or GO Transit.
Contribute to a Healthier and Greener Environment
Public transit users help reduce the amount of harmful carbon emissions that cause air pollution. Air pollution can trigger a number of human health issues such as asthma and cardiovascular diseases.
Choosing public transit can minimize the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that enter our atmosphere. Each year, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) carries more than 450 million passengers. On an average work day 1.5 million people ride the TTC, which eliminates about one million car trips. One TTC bus at capacity can take 57 vehicles off the road and keep about 50 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.