Mode Shift

Commute mode share reflects the success of infrastructure, policies, investments, and land-use patterns in supporting different types of travel to work. Certain modes of transportation require more petroleum than others, contributing more to Hawaii's carbon footprint. Commute mode share is also linked to environmental conditions and contributing factors that affect health outcomes, such as air pollutant emissions, which vary by transportation mode. Motor vehicle emissions contribute nearly a quarter of world energy-related greenhouse gases. Reducing motor vehicle use and increasing active transportation are ways to mitigate harmful environmental impacts caused by a large amount of vehicle use (US Department of Transportation, 2016).

"The information gleaned from commute mode share data can inform decisions about Complete Streets policies and infrastructure investments for street connectivity, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks. Commit mode share can be a useful way for transportation decision makers to measure the success of such investments or policies over time. Changes in commute mode choice, for example have occurred in areas where bicycling facilities have been added, suggesting that changes to the built environment might lead to changes in travel behavior" (US Department of Transportation, 2016).

By shifting the modes of transportation, we are reducing air pollution associated with vehicle use and promoting the following modes of transportation which will reduce our petroleum consumption:

Alternative modes of transportation:

Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Reduction Programs:

References: Commute Mode Share. US Department of Transportation; 2016.