How multimodal travel helps the planet

Multimodal travel has numerous benefits, especially when it comes to sustainability. But what are they?

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Multimodal travel refers to the use of multiple modes of transportation to complete a journey, such as combining cycling, public transport, and shared mobility, such as ride-hailing. This approach to travel has numerous benefits, especially in terms of sustainability. In this article, we will explore how multimodality can help reduce travel's impact on the environment.

Reduced Carbon Emissions

One of the most significant benefits of multimodal travel is its potential to reduce carbon emissions.

By using rail travel instead of short-haul flights, or public transportation or cycling instead of driving alone, travellers can make significant reductions to their carbon footprint.

According to a study by the International Transport Forum, multimodal transport systems have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30% compared to single-mode systems.

The use of shared mobility services like car-sharing or ride-sharing can also reduce emissions since it reduces the number of vehicles on the road, reducing traffic congestion and emissions.

Lower Energy Consumption

Multimodal travel can help reduce energy consumption by promoting the use of more energy-efficient modes of transportation.

For example, cycling requires no energy other than human power, while public transport can be more energy-efficient than personal vehicles, especially if they are electrified.

A study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that using a combination of public transport and walking or biking for short trips could reduce energy consumption by up to 20%.

If passengers combine modes of transportation effectively, they can also reduce energy consumption by selecting the most energy-efficient mode for each leg of their journey.

Reduced Congestion

Another benefit of multimodal travel is the potential to reduce congestion.

By encouraging the use of public transport and micromobility options, multimodal travel can help reduce traffic congestion, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality.

According to a report by the American Public Transportation Association, every person who switches from driving alone to public transport can reduce their carbon emissions by 4,800 lbs per year.

Increased access to transportation

Finally, multimodal travel can help improve access to transportation for individuals who may not have access to a private vehicle.

By providing a range of transportation options, including affordable public transport and shared mobility services, multimodal systems can help ensure that everyone has access to safe and efficient transportation.

Overall, multimodal travel has significant environmental benefits, including reduced carbon emissions, air pollution, and energy consumption, as well as improved access to transportation and reduced traffic congestion.

To find out more about how Snowfall can help your business shift towards more sustainable, multimodal travel, talk to our team.

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