Monday, June 25, is an Ozone Alert! The three area transit agencies – The Metro, The JO and Unified Government Transit – are offering 75¢ bus rides to promote healthy air quality.
Motor vehicle emissions are the greatest contributor to ozone pollution in greater Kansas City. By riding the bus instead of driving, people can help reduce the amount of ozone in the air. The Metro offers 75¢ bus rides on all routes during all Ozone Alerts! between June 1 and September 30.
Ozone Alerts! are issued when ground-level ozone reaches high levels. These levels are dangerous for people with respiratory problems, as well as for healthy adults and children playing, working and exercising outdoors. Since automobiles produce more than one-third of the emissions associated with ground-level ozone, reducing driving is a good way to help improve air quality.
To plan the day’s commute by bus call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays. You can also visit http://www.kcata.org to look up routes and schedules or use use the Trip Planner. The ozone forecast is available at (913) 383-7557 and http://www.marc.org; local weather forecasts feature a color-coded SkyCast, with alerts declared for Red and Orange days.