"Taking the Bus"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

A weekend in the Twin Cities is a common trip for Northlanders throughout the year.

In this weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at a way you can make that road–trip a little greener.

Imagine hitting the road this summer and not having to deal with the traffic and construction along I–35, while at the same time reducing your carbon footprint.

"Bus transportation is the most efficient form of motorized transportation," said Keith Beal of Jefferson Lines.

Traveling to Minneapolis by bus can also make it a quick trip.

"Our express routes which currently run three times per day , average 2 hours and 45 minutes to Minneapolis," said Keith Beal.

While you're riding the bus you can stay connected with friends and family via Wifi and Satellite radio. These newer buses also use a technology that keeps our air cleaner by cutting emissions by 90 percent.

But don't forget to consider, when you are in town. Take the bus to get to your local destination.
A typical city bus usually gets a little over four miles per gallon, but hybrid buses that use regenerative braking, or the ability to generate energy while braking can achieve close to six miles per gallon.

"The Bus operates on electric power until it reaches 12 miles per hour Then the diesel engine kicks in and takes over powering the bus over 12mph," said Dennis Jensen of the Duluth Transit Authority.

In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson The Northlands Newscenter.

In 2011, Jefferson Lines also plans to expand its express service to the Iron Range.