EVs Aren't the Only Path to Sustainable Transportation

"Policymakers in Washington are promoting electric vehicles as a solution to climate change," Jack Ewing wrote for the New York Times this week. "But an uncomfortable truth remains: Battery-powered cars are much too expensive for a vast majority of Americans."

While individual electric vehicles are a great way to cut transportation emissions, they're not the ONLY way to do so. Reducing the number of drive-alone trips is the most effective - and cheapest - way to cut pollution from transportation, as well as improve congestion and reduce traffic injuries and deaths. That's not to say electrification isn't great; electric bicycles make it easier to bike commute in the Texas heat, and Capital Metro is converting its fleet of buses to electric vehicles. Many shuttle providers are also building electric fleets.

Transportation demand management (TDM) helps commuters connect with more transportation choices and encourages multi-modal (think driving to the park and ride and taking the bus) trips. Maybe it doesn't come with that new car smell, but shifting just a few trips a week from drive-alone to other modes can make a huge impact!

Individuals and employers can connect with TDM programs through Movability, including:

Whether you're an employer with sustainability goals looking for great employee commute solutions or a commuter who wants to save gas money, there are lots of ways besides buying an EV to reach your goals!