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Transportation Choices

The energy inventory for Jefferson County (Adobe PDF 359 KB) shows that transportation is the greatest single contributor of CO2 emissions (39% of the total). In the U.S. as a whole, 68% of transportation emissions are from the transport of passengers and only 32% are from the transport of freight. You can save money and carbon by driving less.

Public Transportation Toolkit

Online tools for trip planning by bus, train, and ferry.

Ride Sharing Toolkit

Online tools for ride sharing and vanpools, for commuting, travel, and events.

Port Townsend – Seattle – SeaTac Airport

Here are ten different options for transportation between Port Townsend and Seattle or SeaTac Airport. The two most popular are via Jefferson Transit (public) or Olympic Bus Lines (private).

Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Board

This group advises the City Council on the planning, funding & maintenance of the City-s non-motorized transportation facilities. Website offers non-motorized transportation alternatives.  

Touring - Without Your Car 

PT Guide – City Guide to Port Townsend, Washington, tells you how to get to Port Townsend without a car. You don’t need a car once you get here, either. We have buses, ferries, and taxi cabs, all regularly servicing the downtown, plus walking tours, rentals (bicycles, scooters, cars) and lots of maps. For a walking map, click Port Townsend Walking Map (also available as an iPhone/iPad app).

Walking Resources

Port Townsend is one of the most walkable small cities around with miles of public walking trails through neighborhoods, parks, and nature preserves. Get maps for walking tours.

Bicycling Resources  

Port Townsend and Jefferson County are very accessible by bicycle with miles of dedicated bicycle lanes on streets as well as off-street trails. Get maps for bicycle touring.

Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Electric bicycles, electric scooters, and electric cars are all excellent ways to get around the community with far less cost and CO2 emissions. Here are just a few of the many options now available:

  • ELF sun-powered trikes from Organic Transit provide electric assist with solar and battery power.
  • The Copenhagen Wheel adapts existing bicycles to provide power assist when needed. For more information, read this article.
  • The Sierra Club provides a great guide to electric vehicles.
  • The Green Travel Ranking

    Click on the link above to compare the carbon footprint of various modes of transportation.

    Carbon Footprint Calculator

    Want to know the impact of a trip you're about to take? Try this calculator!

    If you must travel by plane, consider supporting a renewable energy project that provides power without burning fossil fuels.
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