Transit on the Silver Screen

We love a good movie around here…almost as we love buses and trains! As you know, riding transit gets cars off the road, which reduces air pollution – and that’s awesome.

So, being transit nerds, we naturally make a mental note when we see clean commuting on the big screen. Here’s handful of our favorite clips featuring public transportation:

An action-packed commute for these riders in Spiderman 2:

Angst-ridden subway daydreaming in Across the Universe:

Jamal and Salim take train riding to another level in this scene from Slumdog Millionaire:

Inspiration to burst into song on your next subway ride: Rent.


Napoleon Dynamite: Gosh!

Almost Famous, showcasing the classic traveling sing-along:

(And just since it never goes without saying, we’ll say it now: We don’t claim rights to any of these videos. Those belong to their respective studios and production companies. We’re just link scavengers over here.)

What are your favorite movies? Have they got any good transit scenes? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to log your bus and train riding in AirCreds for points and prizes!


What’s On Your Bus Playlist? Here’s Ours!

We all know that riding the bus is one of the best ways to combat air pollution. One full bus can take as many as 35 cars off the road, which cuts down on the amount of harmful emissions in the air.

So, get excited about your bus ride by spending a little quality time with your MP3 player. Of course, everyone has a different opinion on how to make the perfect mix. But, here are some things to think about:

Consider the Mood. What’s the tone you’re trying to set for your day?

Challenge Yourself. Mix it up—try different combinations to avoid getting bored.

Be Flexible. Don’t worry about sticking to a certain genre or theme.

I posed a Facebook question about how to make the perfect mix, and here are some tips I got:

  • Don’t limit yourself to one mix. Create several playlists to anticipate your different moods. For instance, when I’m frustrated, I have an angry metal playlist prepared. I’ve also got a soothing, indie heavy mix ready to calm me down. (-Alyson)
  • I like stability in my playlist and usually stick to classical music because it allows me to do other things like read and play games. (-Erin)

And we asked around the Clean Air Campaign office for some favorite tunes:

  • “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 because “it wakes me up and gets me moving.”
  • “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele because “the beat is invigorating.”
  • “Lose Yourself” by Eminem because “it gives me street cred.”

Other listening options

Music playing services.  If you keep your music on your phone or use a 3G capable MP3 player, you can also access a music service like Pandora Radio. Pandora automatically recommends and plays music based on your song suggestions. And if you’re a Facebook user, check out Spotify, another music service that also allows you to share songs and playlists with your friends.

Podcasts  Not that into music? Try flipping to a podcast instead.

iTunes has hundreds of free podcasts to browse through —but that’s not your only option. If you’re not an Apple user try or to download casts to the media player of your choice, or even directly onto your MP3 player or smartphone. Funny, serious, educational, political—pick a topic, and there’s likely a podcast out there covering it. And most are totally free!

I’m personally a fan of following podcasts that talk about my favorite TV shows like (geek alert!) Doctor Who, How I Met Your Mother, and The Walking Dead.

Videos.  How else does taking the bus win over driving? Video. When you don’t have to keep those eyes on the road, you can glue them to something way more entertaining. So if your MP3 player has video capabilities, try a video podcast. And don’t forget about music videos—get on YouTube or Vevo for a huge backlog of music videos and even suggested playlists based on the artists and songs you search.

What do you like to listen to on the bus? Leave us an answer in the comments! And don’t forget to log your bus riding time on the AirCreds tool for points and prizes!

A Cleaner Commute = Cleaner Air

Clean Commute options allow you to explore new ways to reduce idling cars in school zones, grocery stores, or even at the banks. Anywhere were you would leave your car running for a long period of time we recommend you use a clean commute option.

Here are four clean modes of transportation bus riding, biking, walking, and carpooling.

  • Bus Riding – Riding the bus is one of the safest modes of transportation and helps take cars off the road.
  • Biking – Whether you rely on your bike for transportation or exercise, riding your bike to school or the park can be fun and is healthy for your body.

  • Walking – Rethinking how you get to school, work, or friend’s house, etc. can help make a big difference in the air we breathe. Walking is one of the best forms of physical activity and it requires no preparation, no special equipment, and it’s free!
  • Carpooling – Sharing a ride with a friend or classmate 2-3 times a week can save you about $1,000 over the course of a year – but the equivalent of three months’  worth of groceries for a family of four. (Source- Food Food Marketing Institute, average weekly grocery bill for family of four is $115.00 – November 2010)

Every day, Georgians help to eliminate 1.4 million vehicle miles of travel (the equivalent of circling the globe 56 times!) by carpooling, teleworking, riding a bike, walking, riding the bus or riding public transportation to work and school. These actions add up to keeping 700 tons of pollution out of the air we breathe!

(Source: Center for Transportation and the Environment study conducted on behalf of the Georgia Department of transportation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration – global circumference at equator = 24,901 miles.)

Clean commuting not only means cleaner air for all of us to breathe, it also means less traffic, more exercise and more fun! How will you begin your clean commute?