Solutions journalism is news about how communities and organizations are responding to social and environmental problems. This collection contains solutions stories that highlight how technology companies, governments, and NGO's are helping spur a cultural shift in the way consumers think about fossil-fuel driven modes of transportation. Many cities, like New York City, have pedestrianized portions of their city in order to make traffic patterns more efficient and keep pedestrians safe. The Philadelphia Unemployment Project addressed transportation limitation issues by developing a ride sharing program for those who work in the city. Citizens of Los Angeles voted to implement a tax that supports the development of a citywide rail system. In the American West, private bus companies are beginning to offer budget- and environment-conscious travelers an alternative to cars.
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A lack of access to convenient, economical mass transit or other alternatives can limit people's access to work opportunities beyond a few miles from their home. When cities invest in alternative transportation, it's not only a win for the environment, but also a win for their citizens as well. According to Project Drawdown, transportation is one of the key areas for greenhouse gas reduction, since it accounts for seven gigatons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions annually, or 23 percent of energy-related emissions, which is around 14 percent of all emissions. Most strategies in this area focus on alternatives to single-passenger, internal combustion cars. Join the Earth Month Ecochallenge to learn more and take action on this climate solution.