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For Immediate Release: 06/30/2011
CONTACT: Jennifer Solomon

Patrick-Murray Administration Encourages Travelers to "Drive Smart and Save" this Summer

BOSTON - June 30, 2011 - The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced a new online resource that can help Massachusetts residents and visitors to save money on gas and travel. The "Drive Smart and Save" program offers tips for cost-friendly driving techniques that can save travelers money on fuel expenses, improve fuel economy by up to 33 percent, and help reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.

"The 'Drive Smart and Save' program provides simple ideas that can save our customers real money during this busy travel season. Taking these steps will also make our roads safer and will support our GreenDOT sustainability goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jeff Mullan. "I encourage all drivers to use these tips to save money, stay safe, and help our environment."

Some "Drive Smart and Save" tips include:

Additional ideas for fuel savings can be found at: www.mass.gov/massdot/drivesmart

"Drive Smart and Save" supports GreenDOT, a comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative of MassDOT. GreenDOT calls for MassDOT to incorporate sustainability into all of its activities, from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation. The GreenDOT initiative is a part of the Commonwealth's statewide effort to achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Patrick in 2008. This law requires that by 2020, Massachusetts must achieve an economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction mandate of 25 percent below 1990 levels, the first step toward a required 80 percent reduction by 2050. The transportation sector generates more than one-third of the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in Massachusetts.

For more information, visit www.mass.gov/massdot/drivesmart or email Jennifer.solomon@state.ma.us.

For more information about GreenDOT and for transportation news and updates visit the MassDOT website: www.mass.gov/massdot, blog: www.mass.gov/blog/transportation, or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot