Free Fare Friday
Posted by Ben McAdams
December 19, 2017
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Today I joined Salt Lake City Council members and Utah Transit Authority President Jerry Benson to announce UTA trains and buses will be free this Friday, December 22. The purpose is to encourage more people to try out public transit, learn the routes, and hopefully learn how we can drive less to improve air quality.
I joined this effort because I know inversions can be frustrating and scary. Like many Utahns, I’m frustrated when my kids tell me they had to stay indoors from recess, due to the smog alerts. I don’t like it when visitors come to Salt Lake and can’t see our snow-capped mountains and blue skies. We’ve known for years that the primary pollutant is PM 2.5 – tiny particulate matter that is emitted from burning fuel.
Vehicles account for 57 percent of wintertime air emissions – that’s the gasoline-powered cars and trucks that most of us drive. It makes sense that the fewer number of those vehicles that are on the road during an inversion means less pollution going into the air we breathe. If more of us are able to leave our cars at home and take transit, we can make a difference in lowering the pollution and breathing cleaner air.
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