An Orange Ozone Alert has been issued for tomorrow, Friday, May 18. To promote healthy air quality, RideKC cuts the cost of riding the bus in half when an Ozone Alert is issued.
Ditching the car for a bus on Ozone Alert days can help cut auto emissions, which are a major contributor to ground-level ozone. By riding the bus instead of driving, people can help reduce the amount of ozone pollution in the air. Area transit providers offer 75¢ bus rides during all Ozone Alerts.
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. Ozone Alerts are issued when ground-level ozone is expected to reach high levels.
These levels are dangerous for people with respiratory problems, as well as for healthy adults and children playing, working and exercising outdoors. Ozone’s harmful effects can include eye, nose and throat irritation; chest pain; coughing; nausea; and headaches. Ozone can also trigger asthma attacks, permanently damaging a person’s lungs. Children, senior citizens, those working or playing outdoors, and people with respiratory disease are at a higher risk from ozone exposure.
Ozone Alert days are noted on buses’ overhead signs. They are also broadcast by local media outlets.
To plan the day’s commute by bus, call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can also visit www.ridekc.org to look up routes and schedules or use the Trip Planner. The ozone forecast is available at 816-701-8287, at www.marc.org, on www.twitter.com at @airqkc, and most local weather forecasts.