Spare the Air Retools for Climate Change —
June 19 is a Free Transit Day!
Bay Area commuters can circle Thursday, June 19 on their calendars
and get ready to plan their free trip on transit. June 19 is
the only day this year that the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District (Air District) and the Metropolitan Transportation
Commission (MTC) will provide free rides on the region’s
30 transit systems. Transit will be free all day on Bay Area
bus and light-rail systems, and until 12 noon on AirBART, BART,
Caltrain, the ACE train, Amtrak Capitol Corridor trains, and
on the Golden Gate, Alameda-Oakland, Alameda-Harbor Bay and
Vallejo ferries. This marks the first year that Amtrak Capitol
Corridor has participated in the Bay Area’s free transit
day campaigns. The June 19 date for free Bay Area transit coincides
with the third annual “Dump the Pump” day, a national
promotion sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association
to encourage the use of transit.
Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere and make the
Earth warmer are often called greenhouse gases. An
average increase in the Earth’s temperature causes changes
in the climate such as changes in rainfall patterns, a rise
in sea level, and a wide range of impacts on plants, wildlife,
and humans. About 50 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions
in the Bay Area is attributable to transportation.
Help the Bay Area protect its air quality by sparing the air
every day by changing the way you travel to get to work, school,
medical appointments, recreation, and other daily activities.
What You Can Do
- Save Gas. Save the gas in your car
or truck by taking transit for your daily trips. Every
gallon of gas you save is equal to 20 pounds of carbon dioxide
- Give Your Car a Break. Use
public transit, carpool or walk or bike whenever possible
to avoid using your car. Leaving your car at home just
two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an
average of 1,600 pounds per year.
Money. Public transit saves money. For
every dollar earned, the average U.S. household spends 18
cents per dollar on transportation. The 18 cents are
spent on buying, maintaining and operating cars or trucks – which
is the largest source of household debt after home mortgages.
Spare the Air Every Day and Protect the Climate!
Learn more at: www.sparetheair.org