Transit to Trail is a guide to getting to nature without getting in the car. Transit to Trail is providing maps and travel instructions to help people get to conservation areas that can be reached easily by train, el or bus. Blog posts explore some of these natural areas and how to leave a smaller footprint when traveling to prairies, savannas, forests and beaches in the region. Taking public transit to explore nature is an easy and sustainable alternative to driving—and burning more fossil fuels.
Why take transit? Because driving just one mile releases about a pound of CO2 plus other pollutants. Add to that the environmental cost of road & parking lot construction and maintenance—and the total cost of driving to a conservation area can seem too high. Trains, buses, even the el, can take you to natural areas full of beauty, wildlife, calm, fun and inspiration— without the higher emissions of driving a personal vehicle.