LiveGreen - Ozone Awareness Days

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | June 04, 2013

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The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) is inviting the Omaha community to help cut emissions which are the source of ground-level ozone this summer with "Ozone Awareness Days," during which bus fares on city transit buses will be cut to 50 cents.

Designated "Ozone Awareness Days" are:

  • June 10, 11, 12 and 13;
  • July 15, 16, 17 and 18; and
  • Aug. 12, 13, 14 and 15.

According to MAPA's "Little Steps. Big Impact" website:

"Ground-level ozone is a component of smog that is produced when nitrogen oxides (NOx) combine with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and 'cook' in the summer heat.

"Emissions from industrial facilities and electric utilities, motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents are some of the major sources of NOx and VOCs. Ozone season is from the months of April to October."

Cutting the levels of ozone by carpooling, bicycling, walking or taking the bus:

  • relieves parking problems;
  • relieves stress by creating "down time" to and from work;
  • improves the air quality in Omaha; and
  • keeps the community strong - physically, mentally and environmentally.

For more information on ozone and reducing emissions, go to the "Little Steps. Big Impact" website.

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UNMC Today Editor
June 04, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I cannot create a link in the comment section, but the website for Metro's fare information is: http://www.ometro.com/rider-guide/fares-passes. According to this site, the standard adult fare is $1.25.

Matt Zielinski
June 04, 2013 at 1:40 PM

What is the standard fare for riding the bus?