LA Metro to waive fares on 5 October 2022 to encourage use of sustainable transport

Posted: 4 October 2022 | | No comments yet

In order to mark California Clean Air Day 2022, LA Metro is waiving fares on all its public transport and bike-share services, encouraging Angelenos to join the state’s clean air movement by leaving their cars at home.

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) has announced that it is marking California Clean Air Day 2022 by encouraging the public to ‘Go Metro’ on 5 October 2022. As such, the authority will offer free rides on all Metro-operated trains, buses and bike-share services as part of a state-wide effort to encourage people to do their part to help clean the air.

This annual event helps bring cleaner air to the region, especially in low-income neighbourhoods and communities of colour, which are disproportionately impacted by poor air quality.

“The best way for residents of Los Angeles County to reduce toxic tailpipe emissions in the air is to leave the car at home and ride Metro,” said Metro Board Chair and City of Glendale Council Member Ara J. Najarian. “If people park their cars and ride Metro on Clean Air Day, we know they’ll see how safe, clean and convenient it is to ride Metro and we hope they’ll make it a daily habit.”

In addition, all Angelenos are being invited to participate in the fifth annual California Clean Air Day via a simple, online pledge of at least one action that will help clean the region’s air. One action could be taking advantage of the free rides offered by LA Metro.

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“Leaving your car at home and opting to take transit is a great way to cut your carbon footprint and celebrate Clean Air Day,” said Metro Board 2nd Vice Chair and LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn. “As a County, we need to get to the point where every day is ‘Clean Air Day’ and that is why it is so important that we continue to get more zero emissions trucks and buses on the road and make transit a convenient and reliable option for all residents.”

California Clean Air Day, launched by the Coalition for Clean Air, is a programme that has been built on the idea that shared experiences unite people to take action to improve the community’s health. This effort will allow people and communities across California to participate in ways that makes sense for them.

“Metro is proud to celebrate California Clean Air Day by encouraging everyone to take transit instead of driving with free rides on Metro train, bus, or bike-share” said Stephanie Wiggins, CEO of Metro. “By going Metro, you can do your part to help us reduce tailpipe pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in our region. We hope everyone goes Metro on Clean Air Day and every day.”

All Metro operated buses and trains will offer free rides for California Clean Air Day 2022. LA Metro bike-share also will offer free 1-Ride fares for those using a promo code on 5 October 2022.