How good should we feel when we take the bus? – The Question

Most of us are somewhat environmentally conscious, some more so than others. But most of us, to a certain degree, feel good when we recycle, turn off lights, or take the bus.

But should you still good when you are on the bus alone? Dude, a taxi would burn much less fuel and produce much less emission than a bus, when they travel the same distance. A bus is only beneficial when people ride it. Otherwise, it’s just a bus driver driving a few tonnes of steel around, polluting every corner of the city.

So really, how good should we feel when we take the bus? How much gas do we save, and how much less carbon dioxide do we release? Or put another way, how many people would need to be on the bus, for smart people like you to feel good?

Because you know, environmentalism is all about feeling good.

For this, I would need to do some research. First, I think I will need a few numbers:

  1. What’s the average fuel consumption and gas emission rate in city driving condition for a typical small car (eg. Honda Civic)?
  2. For an efficient small car (eg. Hybrid)?
  3. For a single-compartment bus?
  4. For a double-compartment bus?

Data for any other car types is also welcome.

Since I’m lazy to the bone, I would really appreciate it if anyone can provide any of these numbers, or approximations of them. I will come back with my own answer later, but participation if highly encouraged! 🙂

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One thought on “How good should we feel when we take the bus? – The Question

  1. Pingback: How good should we feel when we take the bus? - an answer « ZeroRatio

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