Tahoe Transportation District will offer free rides on South Tahoe Transit Service, BlueGO routes 50 and 53 during Labor Day weekend and Sept. 8-9.
The free rides are offered as part of a "Spare the Air" campaign in order to promote ways to improve air quality and reduce congestion along Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe.
Over the next two years, TTD will designate up to 88 "Spare the Air" days and create ways to educate the public about the importance of preserving air quality and the benefits of public transportation.
"Spare the Air days will coincide with those times of year when visitation and traffic congestion is at its highest, such as long holiday weekends, the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve and Independence Day," TTD Transit Manager Curtis Garner stated in a press release. "We'll continue to inform visitors and residents of our free ride offerings through online efforts, advertising and press releases."
The use of public transit, not only locally but nationally, significantly reduces emissions and congestion, the release stated. In the Lake Tahoe Basin alone, transportation systems cause up to 70 percent of the particulates affecting lake clarity. According to data compiled by the Federal Transit Administration, one person who commutes each day on public transit can reduce daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds. That is more than 4,800 pounds in one year. Without public transportation the costs associated with additional traffic congestion would exceed $19 billion annually.
For more information on South Tahoe Transit Service, BlueGO Routes 50 and 53 from the South Y to the Stateline, visit http://www.tahoefreeride.com.