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Alternative transportation strategies not only reduce emissions but can improve air quality and promote physical activity.

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    Re-evaluate CPS transportation services
    We envision an emissions-free transportation infrastructure that includes electric vehicles and buses, enhanced opportunities for public transportation, and walking and biking as primary transportation modes for students and staff.

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    Reduce by 45 percent by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 when compared to 2010 baseline
    Emissions reductions will mostly come from the investments we are making in renewable energy and improved energy efficiency.

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    Our plans to improve transportation service and mitigate emissions include:

    • Establish student pick up policy to decrease idling time
    • Improve school bus efficiency through route pairing and sharing
    • Integrate electric vehicle infrastructure as part of new construction and major renovation projects
    • Lease electric vehicles or vehicles with advanced emissions controls for CPS operations
    • Establish preferred parking programs for low-emitting vehicles at resurfaced lots
    • Place bicycle racks in high priority areas
    • Develop bike repair stations and vending
    • Develop a plan to reduce fuel use for employee commutes through transit benefits, active transportation, and carpooling
    • Develop active transportation plans for students utilizing the Safe Passage program, safe routes, and walking school buses
    • Complete a transportation survey for  staff and students to better understand transportation choices

Program Details

The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly within CPS transportation models, has created an opportunity to re-evaluate how transportation services are provided. We anticipate the pursuit of ambitious goals to both continue to improve service and mitigate associated emissions when transportation service is normalized.

Alternative Fuels and Efficiency

Alternative fuels help reduce the impact of road vehicles through fuel conservation measures and electrification. Working with our partner bus companies, we are optimizing routing to provide service using shorter bus routes. We continue to explore the use of electric buses and will utilize them as they become more readily available.

Alternative Transportation

Alternative transportation strategies reduce the use of single occupancy vehicles through promoting and incentivizing walking, biking, and public transportation. These strategies also support regular physical activity.

Energy and Sustainability Programs

View more sustainability programs that are helping to reduce consumption of energy and increase the renewable resources used throughout the district.