RIPTA cuts air quality alert program due to lack of funding

By: Dee DeQuattro

Twitter:@deedequattro

Email: ddequattro@abc6.com

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will no longer offer free rides on Air Quality Alert Days.

All passengers will now have to pay the $2.00 one-way fare or use their RIPTA passes on these days.

RIPTA said the cut is a result of lack of funding.

Air quality alerts are typically issued on days that the air quality is expected to reach unhealthy levels due to elevated levels of fine particle pollutants as well as days where ozone levels are deemed to be unhealthy.

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