An electric GoRaleigh bus

An electric GoRaleigh bus

Living More Sustainably: Walk Where You Can or Take the Bus

Help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by walking or riding the bus

Raleigh third-grade student Levi knows that everyone can take steps to live sustainably. One way is to find a means of getting around other than a car, such as walking or taking the bus. Transportation is the top source of greenhouse gas emissions in Raleigh (along with other U.S. cities), so we can make a significant impact by driving less.

Look for opportunities where you do not have to drive. When possible, walk, bike, or scooter to your destination. These options can also get you moving, which is better for your physical and mental health than sitting in a car. You can also carpool if you are going to the same destination as your neighbors. If you are running errands, try to see how many you can do in one shopping center.

“In our family, we try to walk to run errands when they are close by and we know we don’t need to carry much home,” said Levi. 

Take the Bus!

Another great option for a low-carbon-emitting and climate-friendly form of transportation is to take the bus. The City of Raleigh is continuing to create a more extensive and frequent GoRaleigh bus system.

The GoRaleigh buses were the first in the region to run on compressed natural gas. The City’s fleet also includes electric buses, which greatly reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Raleigh is leading the way in adopting the cleanest fuels available to serve our large and growing city. See more below about the transition to renewable compressed natural gas that is sourced from our wastewater!

Ways We are Making Our Buses More Environmentally Friendly

BRT WakeMed

In November 2023, the City broke ground on the first corridor of its planned bus rapid transit (BRT) system that will allow residents to get to and from Downtown Raleigh quicker than they could driving a car or riding a regular bus. Buses will have their own lanes and are scheduled to arrive at stops every 10 minutes during peak hours. The project also includes a new multiuse path from downtown to WakeMed, making walking, biking, and scootering easier and safer. Learn more about BRT.

It takes years to plan and source buses, so the City started our transition to renewable natural gas buses as part of the innovative Bio-energy Recovery Project. This renewable gas is created from our community’s wastewater! What you flush down the toilet will be able to power more than 70 buses, including the buses that will be used for the growing BRT. The project is scheduled to be complete mid-2024.

These efforts are part of Raleigh’s Community Climate Action Plan, which works toward the City’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent and is one of the first climate plans in the U.S. to center equity in climate action. Let’s listen to Levi and look for ways to all contribute to these goals! 



Jessica Reid
Environmental and Sustainability Analyst

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