Estimated reduction of 9.37 million personal vehicle miles traveled and 4,252 metric tons of CO2 from increased transit ridership in Reno, Nevada.
As determined by the Washoe County Transportation's Regional Transportation Commission's ITS Implementation Evaluation.
The RTC looked at data points over a six year period, from FY2002 to FY2008 in order to evaluate how the ITS technologies may have affected ridership and uses of the systems by customers, staff and administration. A large pre-implementation window was used for analysis because RTC ACCESS (the paratransit service) began using scheduling software in 2005, ahead of the rest of the system and the same time scale was wanted for the analysis of both fixed-route and paratransit services. Each of the six U.S. DOT goal areas were assigned measures to evaluate RTC's progress in that goal area.
RTC estimates that increased transit use in the Reno-Sparks region between 2002 and 2007 may have saved 9.37 million personal vehicle miles traveled (PVMT). The reduction in PVMT potentially saved up to $1.37 million in fuel costs for passengers who chose transit over driving their personal vehicles. CO2 reduction from the increased use in transit is estimated to be up to 4,252 metric tons.
Table 6-2: Estimated Potential Vehicle Energy and Emission Savings from Increase in RTC RIDE Ridership
Increase in Ridership
Average Transit Trip Length (miles)
Equivalent Average Vehicle mile per Transit Trip  (miles)
Vehicle Miles Saved from Increased Ridership
Fuel Reduction  (gallons)
Average Fuel Cost  ($/gallon)
Total Fuel Cost Saving ($)
Total CO2 Emission Reduction  (metric tons)
 A conversion factor of 4:1 (4 vehicle miles:1 passenger mile) is used for calculating the equivalent average vehicle mile per transit trip.
 The fuel reduction is calculated from vehicle miles saved from increased ridership divided by an assumed fuel economy factor of 23 miles per gallon.
 The average fuel cost is taken from National Transportation Statistics - Table 4-38. http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics
 A CO2 emission rate of 1 pound per single person automobile mile is used for calculating total CO2 emission reduction.
Author: Tina Wu, Matt Weatherford, Ancila Kaiparambil, Linna Zhang
Published By: Federal Transit Administration U.S. Department of Transportation
Source Date: May 2010
Other Reference Number: FTA Report FTA- NV-26-7005-2010.1URL: http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/RTC_ITS_Eval_Study_section508.pdf
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