Can We Green Our Transportation? Take the Quiz!

Whether it's being able to hop on your bike, stroll to the store, or take a subway or bus to work, there are many different versions of green transportation. There are even ways to make our existing transportation infrastructure more eco-friendly. Take our quiz and learn about different ways to get around that are easy on the planet.
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1.Somedefinegreentransportationinfrastructureasbeingthesortthatencouragestheuseofautomobiles.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: It's quite the opposite, actually. With some exceptions, green transportation infrastructure encourages mobility without cars.
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2.Electricvehiclesemitthesameamountofcarbondioxideasgasoline-poweredautomobiles.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: One of the major environmental benefits of electric cars comes from the reduced amount of carbon dioxide emissions.
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3.Therearecurrently12,000electricvehiclechargersintheU.S.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: There are only 3,000 as of late 2011, but there are expected to be 12,000 by the end of 2012.
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4.Arecentlyintroducedelectricvehicleconnectorcanchargeacarto80percentofitsbatterycapacityinonehour.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Six automakers joined together to launch a connector that can charge the battery to 80 percent in 10 minutes.
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5.TheGreenHighwaysPartnershipisacollaborationbetweentheEnvironmentalProtectionAgencyandtheFederalHighwayAdministration.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The partnership, which seeks to balance infrastructure and ecological needs, also involves numerous public and private entities.
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6.ThegreenwayprojectinAtlantathatincorporatesparks,trailsandpublictransportationisknownastheWaistLine.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Actually, the project is called the BeltLine and the 22-mile corridor will eventually connect neighborhoods, commercial and residential developments.
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7.Citieswiththebestgradesforsmog-creatingcarandtruckemissionsareinstatesthatspendthemostonpublictransportation.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: According to the Sierra Club, seven of the 12 cities with the best grades -- places like San Francisco and New York -- are in states that spend the most on public transportation.
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8.TheWalkwayOvertheHudsonStateParkwasoncearailroadbridge.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Now a pedestrian bridge, The Walkway Over the Hudson was once the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, built in 1889.
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9.TheWalkwayOvertheHudsonisthelongestpedestrianbridgeinthenation.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: At 1.25 miles long, it is the longest pedestrian bridge, which is certainly one of the reasons it has attracted more than 1 million visitors since opening in 2009.
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10.Usingpermeablepaversininfrastructureprojectsexacerbatesstormwaterandrainrunoffproblems.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Just the opposite. The use of this material can dramatically reduce the sort of runoff that wastes vital water resources.
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11.TheBrooklynBridgeParkhasutilizedallnewmaterialsinitsbuildingsandinfrastructure.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The 85-acre park, the first to be built in Brooklyn for more than a century, is heavily relying on recycled materials.
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12.NewYorkCity'sHighLineisanurbanwalkwayandparkthatoncewasanelevatedtraintrack.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: From 1934 to 1980, the High Line was a train route for meat and agricultural goods to come into Manhattan.
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13.Althoughnolongerarouteforagriculturalgoods,theHighLinestillprovidesfood.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Community gardens are one of the many features of the High Line.
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14.TheEastCoastGreenwaywilleventuallyspanfromMainetoFlorida.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The ongoing effort is an attempt to create a 2,500-mile network of trails for non-motorized transport that traverses the entire Atlantic Coast.
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15.Around2billionpeopleusebikesworldwide.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: It's true. This number of bikes and bicyclists makes getting around on two wheels the predominant form of transportation.
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16.ThevastmajorityofcartripsAmericansmakearemorethan10milesinduration.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Actually, 25 percent are less than 1 mile and 40 percent are less than 2 miles, making walking and biking realistic options.
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17.TheimplementationofadedicatedbuslaneinGuangzhou,China,hashadnoimpactoncarbondioxideemissions.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The system, which provides a lane exclusively for bus travel, is expected to reduce emissions by 86,000 tons per year over its first decade of operation.
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18.Publictransportationcontributestocleanerair.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Subways and buses prevent hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide and smog-creating pollution from being emitted into the environment by helping keep people out of their cars.
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19.Smartgrowthisthetermusedtodescribewalkablecommunities.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: By building homes closer to employment and stores, these areas make it easy for people to stay out of their cars.
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20.Formerlycar-orientedsuburbancommunitiescanbemadeintoexamplesofwalkablesmartgrowthareas.
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    Incorrect! Correct Answer: This is already happening throughout the U.S., with failed strip malls and parking lots being transformed with mixed-use buildings and nearby residences to promote walkability.
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