Get around the greener way with Mapnificent


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Need help getting around the eco-friendly way in a new city? Enter Mapnificent, a new website that enables to you to choose any major city around the world, see what areas you can reach from that point via public transportation and find out how long it would take to get there.

Let’s say you want to plan a visit to Boston. Click on the city via Mapnificent’s world map, and it will generate a highlighted area that you should be able to reach via PT within 15 minutes tops. You can also search for specific addresses and even things like coffee to get a more accurate calculation.

Mapnificent won’t give you specific directions on how to get from one place to the other. For that, HellaWella suggests HopStop, which is available for most major U.S. cities as well as some in Canada and Europe.

Now that we made taking PT easier for you, what are you waiting for? The benefits of public transportation are numerous. Here’s a short list courtesy of the American Public Transportation Association:

  • Americans living in areas with access to public transportation save 785 million hours in travel time and 640 million gallons of fuel.
  • Households that use public transportation can save more than $10,000 every year.
  • Switching your commute to public transportation can reduce your household’s carbon emissions by 10%. Convince another member of your household to do the same and that number jumps to 30%.

To see how much fuel you can save by using PT, check out this calculator from publictransportation.org.

So next time Rihanna tells you “shut up and drive,” you can say “no thanks, I’d rather take the train.”