Better Air Quality Possible with Public Transit Use
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City and Norman area residents and visitors can enjoy free rides on EMBARK’s fixed-route bus, the OKC Streetcar and zone 1 paratransit services this Friday, Sept 20. Earlier this year, EMBARK’s board passed a resolution authorizing free rides on the third Friday of the month starting in April and running through September to raise awareness about our community’s air quality and how public transit can be part of the solution.
Scheduling free rides during ozone season, which typically runs from May through September, is an opportunity to encourage the use of sustainable transit options such as public transportation. According to the Federal Transit Administration, public transportation reduces overall vehicle emissions and pollutants that create smog. The use of public transit cuts back on the use of single-vehicle trips, replacing emissions from multiple vehicles with fewer transit vehicles.
“We’ve been pleased to see residents and visitors taking advantage of the opportunities to try the bus and streetcar for free over these past few months,” said EMBARK director Jason Ferbrache. “We’ve seen an increase in ridership on free fare Fridays, and it has been a great opportunity for people who may not use public transit as a way to get to work, medical appointments, or community events.”
EMBARK officials are encouraging the community to use public transit Friday, Sept. 20. Commuters can break the routine of driving themselves to work and reducing congestion by using public transportation. Riders who visit the downtown transit center from noon - 1 p.m. can enjoy live music from the Elizabeth Speegle Band. EMBARK Services in Norman are also free on Friday, Sept. 20 so residents can go by bus across the metro!
The Federal Transit Administration states that sharing rides through public transportation decreases the need for constructing more transportation infrastructure and saves fuel. The American Public Transportation Association reports that public transportation reduces gasoline consumption by 4.1 billion gallons every year.
EMBARK offers 29 bus routes throughout the greater Oklahoma City and Norman area, 18 of which operate seven days a week. Paratransit complements the existing transit system by providing transportation to people who are unable to utilize local bus service due to a medically documented physical or cognitive disability. Five streetcars serve the Bricktown, City Center, Automobile Alley, Midtown and Arts District areas, seven days a week.
To learn more about EMBARK and its family of transit services, visit www.embarkok.com or call (405) 235-RIDE (7433) for personal assistance. Follow @embark_alerts on Twitter to receive service alerts and notifications.
EMBARK is the business unit of the Central Oklahoma Transportation & Parking Authority (COTPA) – a public trust administered by the City of Oklahoma City. EMBARK is responsible for providing safe, efficient and convenient public transportation and downtown parking solutions to the greater Oklahoma City area.