Thursday, April 30, 2009

Free Bus Ride Program on Code Red Days to End

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission has decided to discontinue the Code Red Ride Free program, which encouraged Loudoun County and other Northern Virginia residents to leave their cars at home on Code Red bad air quality days and take the bus for free.

The elimination of the Ride Free program will help address a funding shortfall in the region's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program caused by a reduction in federal funds. The Ride Free program began 10 years ago and has helped to reduce nitrous oxide and volatile organic compound emissions and green house gases in the region.

Although the Ride Free program is ending, Loudoun County transit officials remind residents that using public transportation continues to be one of the best ways to combat harmful emissions and encourage residents to take public transportation whenever possible.

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