Pollution resulting from the use of cars is one of the major factors that negatively impacts air quality in our region. Carpooling, using clean technology vehicles, and choosing alternative modes of transportation such as transit, biking, or walking can help reduce congestion and improve air quality. The City is committed to increasing fuel efficiency using alternative fuel vehicles within the City's fleet, and reducing single driver commutes.
Local & Regional Initiatives
The City has been expanding the percent of hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles in the non-emergency fleet. Over 90% of the vehicles purchased in 2001 use alternative fuels, which leaves only about 13% of the current non-emergency fleet as standard fuel vehicles. Check out our progress since 2002 in the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Report.
For the many current and would-be cyclists in the valley, the Regional Transportation Commission offers information on their website and a Bicycle Map to help plan your commute or just a recreational ride on the weekend.
The City of Henderson has partnered with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) to provide incentives for carpooling and alternative commuter choices to City employees through the Club Ride Commuter Services program and was awarded Platinum Partner status for its efforts. The city’s Club Ride program is featured in a video to promote the program. Visit RTC's website for more information and to register for the program.
In order to reduce congestion in one of Henderson's busiest areas, the City worked with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Regional Transportation Commission to complete the much-needed I-515 interchange at Galleria Drive. To learn more about current and upcoming transportation projects that will help improve mobility throughout the state, visit the NDOT Projects Website.
Henderson was recently awarded over $800,000 to construct safety improvements and create programs that help kids who walk and bike to school through the Federal Highway Administration's Safe Routes to Schools Program.
Additional Information & Resources
Would you like to know how "green" your own car is? Or are you shopping for a new car and want to be able to compare different types based on fuel efficiency and air pollution? Check out the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Vehicle Guide to see your vehicle's score.
Want to know how to improve your car's fuel efficiency? The Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office of the Department of Energy have teamed up to create a Fuel Economy website with tips and information.
Clean vehicles are an important part of the future of transportation. Find out more about the benefits of using alternative fuels, the latest news, and some of the newest technology soon to be hitting the market on the Department of Energy's website for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center.
Current public transportation usage reduces U.S. gasoline consumption by 1.4 billion gallons each year. This translates into 34 fewer supertankers leaving the Middle East - one every 11 days. - Public Transportation and Petroleum Savings in the United States.