Ozone Alert

Park Your Car On Ozone Alert Days

Riding the bus is not only a great way to get around, it’s also good for Kansas City’s air quality. An Ozone Alert is issued when unhealthy amounts of ozone are produced. Ozone is created when emissions from cars and other sources react in heat and sunlight. During the months June through September, you can do your part to reduce ground-level ozone by parking your car and riding the bus instead. When the daily SkyCast predicts a “Red” or “Orange” Ozone Alert for the next day, bus fare will only be $.75 on RideKC, on all routes except 510 from JCCC to University of Kansas-Lawrence.  

To find out the SkyCast:

  • Call 816-701-8287
  • Visit
  • Watch local TV weathercasts
  • Read The Kansas City Star weather page

Don’t Wait for an Ozone Alert Day To Plan Your Trip Call 816-221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ozone pollution can affect your health by:

  • Irritating the eyes, nose and throat
  • Causing chest pain, coughing, nausea and headaches
  • Making breathing more difficult and triggering asthma attacks
  • Permanently damaging lungs

Children, senior citizens and people with asthma or other respiratory diseases are at a higher risk from ozone exposure, especially when they are active outdoors.