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Jul. 18th, 2008 @ 02:01 pm Ozone Action Days & Public Transit
Free Bus Rides
All day today, the Rapid bus transit system in Grand Rapids, MI will be offering free bus rides to all passengers on all fixed routes because of a declared Ozone Action Day.  I just learned about this and thought it prudent to pass it on.  Are other cities offering this service too?  Let us all know so others can take advantage of it.

Info: http://www.ridetherapid.org/newsInfo/OzoneAction/

x-posted to my LJ and miprogressives
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From:mellyjc
Date:July 18th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
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We had one maybe a month or so ago. Honestly, I'm disappointed they haven't done it weekly given our current air problems with all the fires.

I also found out that at least some of our busses are now fuel cell, which means there are apparently NO pollutant affects on the environment. I thought that was cool.
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From:viciousladybug
Date:July 19th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
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Yeah, good point! It's been relatively cool up here until recently. Wow, I never heard of fuel cell buses. That's cool. There are a couple of hybrids in Grand Rapids, MI but that's about the extent of it. Good to know that so-Cal is with it but yeah, again, good pt. about the wildfires.
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From:mellyjc
Date:July 19th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
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North Cal, actually :) I can't speak for South cal at all.

Been getting the eriest weather with the smoke :-/ I keep thinking someday this will be the norm and future generations will not know what a white fluffy cloud looks like :(
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From:viciousladybug
Date:July 19th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
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Oh, whoops! Sorry, I'm a dork. What's considered the cutoff? It's been awhile since I took that thing called Geography.

I read an article in the L.A. Times that said lightning set off 700 fires! It's really troubling stuff. It seems like all over the U.S., the weather is either too dry or too wet. I hope the dry places get some much needed rain soon.

MI has suffered 356 fires to date this year, which is small in comparison but 2,079 acres burned up, so the loss of habitat is pretty big. I can imagine it would alter weather patterns! Sad.
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From:mellyjc
Date:July 19th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure exactly. A few hours from here is considered Central, but at sometimes people get funny about the distinction and want to cut south cal off. lol I didn' tknow they were dealing with fires too.