Public transport that works gives people the ability to drastically cut their greenhouse gas emissions and reduce other air pollution such as carbon monoxide and smog.


Chart: Greenhouse gas emissions from cars and public transport

Note: Using public transport instead of driving can dramatically reduce carbon emissions.


Table: Share of Melbourne air pollution from motor vehicles and service stations

Benzene 78%
1,3-Butadiene (vinyl ethylene) 62%
Carbon Monoxide 81%
Cyanide 90%
Cyclohexane 91%
Ethylbenzene 81%
n-Hexane 76%
Oxides of Nitrogen 86%
Styrene (ethenylbenzene) 51%
Volatile Organic Compounds 57%
Source: National Pollutant Inventory

Public transport that works can cut our dependence on oil and help to avoid disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.


Heavily oiled Brown Pelicans captured at Grand Isle, Louisiana in June 2010 wait to be cleaned of Gulf spill crude.
Photo: International Bird Rescue Research Center


Tell your MP that we need public transport that works so we can have a clean and healthy environment to live in.