Free commutes for first Spare the Air day Thursday
By Erica Holt, Bay City News Service
June 21, 2006
Bay Area transit agencies have declared the summer's first Spare
the Air Day Thursday and are offering free commutes all day long.
Thursday marks the first Spare the Air Day when all transit agencies,
except the Vallejo Ferry, are participating for the entire day,
said Mark Ross, vice president of the Bay Area Air Quality Management
Advisories are issued when hot and stagnant weather makes air
quality unhealthy during the Spare the Air season, which began
June 1 and continues through Oct. 13.
Ross said the Bay Area Air Quality Management District predicts
Wednesday will be unhealthy because "winds are down, heat
is up, it's a weekday and people are driving.
We are asking citizens to join in the effort to keep air pollution
below state and federal guidelines,'' Ross said.
Spare the Air was created in 2004 and is a partnership between
Bay Area Rapid Transit, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District,
the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and other agencies.
In addition to riding public transportation, Bay Area residents
are asked to postpone using gasoline powered lawn mowers and garden
equipment. Other ways to spare the air include refueling the car
after sundown and avoiding oil-based paints and spray products
such as hair sprays, bug sprays and household solvents.
Vigorous outdoor exercise should be limited to early morning
or evening hours when ozone levels decrease, according the Bay
Area Air Quality Management District.
The agencies will also offer free rides again for the next two
declared Spare the Air days.
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