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For the first time in nearly 40 years, the transportation sector in the US has produced more carbon pollution over the past 12 months than any other sector of the economy.

The new data from the US Energy and Information Administration (EIA) shows that carbon emissions from transportation have exceeded emissions from the electric power, industrial, residential and commercial sectors.

"These recent findings are an important wake-up call that highlights the need for urgent action to combat global-warming-causing pollution from transportation sources," said John Olivieri, National Campaign Director for 21st Century Transportation at the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG). "Over reliance on single-occupant vehicle travel and a failure to prioritize non-driving modes of transportation like transit, biking and pedestrian alternatives is having a profound impact on the health of our planet and the health of our citizens."Smoggy LA

Here at UCLA Transportation, we are committed to getting solo drivers out of their car and into some form of alternative transportation. Not only can alternative commute modes reduce the impact of climate change and improve our overall health, it can save you time, money and the stress of driving in traffic.

To incentivize our commuters, we are constantly striving to offer promotional items such as free transit passesfree bicyclescarpool discounts (with guaranteed parking for eligible students) and one month of free vanpool.

Do you want to do your part to combat global warming and reduce carbon emissions? Find out about our alternative commute programs here.