METRO Transit recently took steps to make Oklahoma City’s clean buses even greener and is giving metro-area residents the opportunity to ride them for free to observe Earth Day.
Two new bus technologies – compressed natural gas (CNG) and electric hybrid – were introduced to the METRO Transit fleet this month as part of an ongoing effort to improve their quality while evaluating their strengths and weakness in our service region. The majority of METRO Transit’s fleet runs on clean diesel technology,
a technology that combines diesel fuel, advanced engines and effective exhaust control.
Metro-area residents can try any of the city’s public transportation vehicles for free on Earth Day, Friday, April 22.
TLC Nursery will give away a free tree seedling to everyone who rides the bus that day. Motor vehicles are a prime contributor to air pollution.
One of the best ways to improve air quality is to get people out of their single-passenger cars and into carpools and public transportation. Each bus has the potential to take 35 cars off the road, greatly reducing carbon dioxide emissions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, transportation is the second largest cause
of carbon dioxide emissions. “Public transportation systems are vital for the well-being of urban communities,” said Michael Scroggins, public information manager for
METRO Transit. “They decrease smog-producing pollutants and greenhouse gases, helping Oklahoma City meet regional air quality standards and avoid federal penalties and fines.” According to the American Public Transportation Association, for every mile traveled on public transit, riders will produce 95 percent less carbon dioxide than driving.
Any time on Earth Day, on any route in the Greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area, bus rides are free for everyone. Edmond’s City Link system connects with METRO Transit and offers free service. “Oklahomans use public transportation when they travel to other large cities,” said Scroggins. “The bus is an economical, environmentally friendly way to get around town every day and we hope the free rides offered on Earth Day will inspire people to try it out in their hometown.”
To learn more about METRO Transit and view bus schedules and routes, visit gometro.org or call (405) 235- RIDE (7433) for trip planning assistance from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To learn more about the City of Oklahoma City’s fun, family- friendly Earth Day events visit, greeningokc.com.