Friday declared another
spare the air day
By Erica Holt, Bay City News Service
June 22, 2006
Bay Area transit agencies are gearing up for another free day,
as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District declared this
afternoon that Friday will be a Spare the Air day.
Air quality will probably reach unhealthy levels again Friday,
according to Mark Ross, vice chair of the Bay Area Air Quality
Management District board. The National Weather Service expects
extremely hot temperatures through Friday.
Transit agencies bustled with commuters today who took advantage
of free rides on the summer's first Spare the Air day.
Transit agencies including AC Transit, Caltrain and Golden Gate
Ferry reported some overcrowding on the morning commute, but overall
they were prepared for extra riders.
Golden Gate Ferry served at least 300 more passengers than usual
this morning, but an extra ferry helped with the load, according
to Mary Currie, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway
and Transportation District. By late morning, the parking lot
was filling with cars packed with children preparing for a free
summer ride, Currie said.
Spare the Air season began June 1 and continues through Oct.
It was created in 2004 to cut down on pollutants and is a partnership
between Bay Area Rapid Transit, the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and other
In addition to using public transportation, Bay Area residents
are asked to postpone using gasoline-powered lawn mowers and garden
Other ways to spare the air include refueling cars 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 are lower, according the Bay
Area Air Quality Management District.
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